Suspended Saints Players Win Appeal, Eligible To Play Week 1
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(WSCR) Four players for the New Orleans Saints who were suspended by the NFL for their role in the bounty program had their suspensions overturned by a collective bargaining agreement appeals panel on Friday.
According to a report, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove will all be available to play in Week 1.
“Consistent with the panel’s decision, commissioner Goodell will, as directed, make an expedited determination of the discipline imposed for violating the league’s pay-for-performance/bounty rule. Until that determination is made, the four players are reinstated and eligible to play starting this weekend,” the NFL said in a statement.
Before their suspensions were overturned, Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 regular season, free agent Hargrove for eight games, Smith for four games and Fujita three games.
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