NFL Suspends 4 Players in Saints Bounty

NFL Suspends 4 Players in Saints Bounty
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 2:58pm

The NFL suspended four current and former New Orleans Saints players today for their involvement in the team's bounty program.

The league says all four took part in the program that offered money to defensive players for injuries inflicted on opponents.

Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Brown, was suspended without pay for the first three games of the season. Lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, will sit out the first eight games. Current Saints lineman Will Smith with be suspended for the first four games of the season.

Of those singled out, linebacker Jonathan Vilma received the harshest punishment.

Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season. The league says Vilma offered $10,000 in cash to any player who knocked Kurt Warner or Brett Favre out of the 2009 playoffs.

It is not yet known if the players will appeal the suspensions.

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