Bounty suspensions vacated by panel
NEW ORLEANS - An appeals panel for the NFL has vacated the penalties against four current and former Saints players who were suspended in the alleged bounty scandal.
The ruling by the panel basically says the players can play again, and that Goodell will have to reconsider his ruling.
The NFL replied that Goodell would try to expedite a ruling but that formerly suspended players would be eligible this weekend.
The Burbank appeals panel on Friday afternoon tossed out the suspensions of the four players suspended for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. The NFL confirmed that, for now, this ruling does reinstate the four players suspended connected to the alleged bounty scandal.
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is facing a season-long suspension, tweeted: "Victory is mine!!!! -stewie griffin ..."
Saints defensive end Will Smith was facing a four-game suspension, while Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was facing missing three games. Former Saint Anthony Hargrove was suspended for eight games but he isn't currently with a team.