PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press a neutral arbiter is expected to decide early next week whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify during an appeal of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension.

Goodell said last week he’d leave the decision to former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was picked by the commissioner and the players’ union to hear Rice’s appeal earlier this month. The hearing is tentatively set for November.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because details about the hearing haven’t been released.

The union is appealing Rice’s suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The former Baltimore Ravens running back was suspended after video of him hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was publicly released.
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