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biloxi-indian 05-02-2012 10:51 AM

VILMA suspended for season....
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gregg rosenthal‏@greggrosenthal

Vilma suspended for the season. Wow.

gregg rosenthal‏@greggrosenthal

Fujita gets 3 game,s Hargrove 8 games, Will Smith four games. NFL announced.

Jason La Canfora‏@JasonLaCanfora

Vilma's suspension starts immediately, the others can participate in OTAs and preseason, then begin serving. I expect all to appeal

Jonathan Vilma banned for year

The NFL suspended four players for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' bounty system, including linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season.

In addition to Vilma, defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was suspended eight games, defensive Will Smith four games and linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) three games.

A league investigation found that from 2009-11 New Orleans coaches and players put together a bounty system that paid out improper cash bonuses for hits aimed at knocking opposing players out of games. The NFL says as many as 27 Saints participated.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell already has suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season and fined the team $500,000. Saints former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely, New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis begins an eight-game ban after the preseason, and interim coach Joe Vitt begins serves his six-game suspension at the same time.

Payton's suspension began April 16 and runs through the Super Bowl, which, incidentally, is in New Orleans. During that time, Payton may not even have casual, non-football conversations with anyone on any NFL team without at least notifying the league office.

NFL bans four players for New Orleans Saints' bounty roles - ESPN

|Mitch| 05-02-2012 10:55 AM


sharke 05-02-2012 10:55 AM

the hell?

Hayduke 05-02-2012 10:55 AM

Vilma is done.

RaginCajun83 05-02-2012 10:56 AM

Nothing for Harper? Surprised by that, seems every media outlet talked about him like he was the anti-Christ

sharke 05-02-2012 10:57 AM

guess no more than 8 games was BS

|Mitch| 05-02-2012 10:59 AM

Vilma gone for the year hurts, but it could have been A LOT worse for us...

CharityMike 05-02-2012 10:59 AM

Wow..Godell is such a hypocritical fag!

frydaddy 05-02-2012 11:00 AM

Not surprising.. the whole time these reports were talking about vilma preparing for up to 8 games I figured it would end up being his whole season.. payton was only preparing for a few games too.. the bright side is that its finally come down and only 2 guys still on our roster received suspensions. If forced to, I can live with that

RaginCajun83 05-02-2012 11:01 AM

Look on the bright side, Junior gets to start at least 4 games now

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