NFL reaffirms player suspensions in Saints' bounty case

NFL reaffirms player suspensions in Saints' bounty case
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 4:11pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the suspensions Tuesday he originally issued on the four players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma remains suspended for the season but will retain the salary he received while on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive end Will Smith remains suspended for four games.

Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita's suspension was reduced from three games to one. Free agent defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove suspended for seven games, reduced from eight games. But he will only serve a two-game suspension if signed by a club after receiving credit for the five games he already has missed.

Goodell's original suspensions to the players were overturned on appeal last month, immediately reinstating the players' eligibility for the 2012 season.

The league-imposed suspensions were issued after the NFL determined the players violated Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement for "conduct detrimental to the integrity and public confidence in the NFL."

Fujita has played in three games for the Cleveland Browns, and Smith has appeared in five games with the Saints.

Vilma hasn't played for the Saints this season because of a knee injury, and Hargrove remains a free agent after being released by the Green Bay Packers in August.
 

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