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CharityMike 10-09-2012 03:25 PM

NFL re-issues bounty discipline**UPDATED**
 
Four weeks and three days after an internal appeals panel vacated suspensions imposed on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Saints defensive end Will Smith, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, the league has re-issued the discipline without any changes or reductions, according to a league source.

This means that Vilma will be suspended a full season, Fujita will be suspended three games, Smith will be suspended four games, and Hargrove will be suspended eight games.

All four players have the right to appeal the ruling to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Given that the players chose this time around to meet with Goodell before he issued the suspensions, the players may be more inclined to participate in the appeal process this time around.

Given that the league has relied this time around on lengthy sworn statements from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo, it’s likely that both will testify at the appeal hearing.

Then, after the appeal process has been completed, the players likely will take the league back to court — barring a dramatic reduction or reversal of the punishments by Goodell.

The players also may challenge the rulings once again under the labor deal, if the players believe that the punishment in any way extends beyond Goodell’s jurisdiction over conduct detrimental to the game and encroaches on possible salary-cap violations.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m. ET: The NFL says that an explanation of the re-issued bounty discipline is coming soon. Asked for confirmation that the same discipline has been meted out, the league said, “It’s not that simple.” As to specific question as to whether the penalties will be the same, the NFL said, “Not all.”

NFL re-issues bounty discipline | ProFootballTalk

I don't get that last part. "Not at all"??? sounds the same to me.

dizzle88 10-09-2012 03:28 PM

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Are we really going to miss will smith?

I don't really think so to be fair, Tez and galette are the stars

CharityMike 10-09-2012 03:33 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by dizzle88 (Post 447969)
Are we really going to miss will smith?

I don't really think so to be fair, Tez and galette are the stars

I won't. Might be just what is needed to get the youngins on the field more.

Mardigras9 10-09-2012 03:40 PM

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Don't see a down side here. Hopefully they stick to their guns and go through with the penalties. We need to be done with all these distractions and it gives the other guys a chance to play.

Utah_Saint 10-09-2012 03:42 PM

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I was hoping we'd get Vilma back this season. Some combination of Loftin Vilma and Hawthorne might work really well.

TXGSP 10-09-2012 03:46 PM

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I still don't see this being resolved this season...

stickman 10-09-2012 04:00 PM

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Nothing really surprising.

SapperSaint 10-09-2012 04:02 PM

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This will just keep going and going and going and going and goooiiinnggg.

Things that will happen as a result.

Will does his time.

Vilma gets released.

This is why the coaches didn't appeal. Do the time and get it over with.

Rugby Saint II 10-09-2012 04:02 PM

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Roger Godhell isn't showing any signs of weakness. Even if he had proof which he doesn't he is standing his ground. It's a good thing we have a judge on our side.

winmill1 10-09-2012 04:03 PM

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I really thought it would change and I thought there would be a chance Payton would be back.


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