Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/4/12

Linebacker Scott Fujita will join the Cleveland Browns for their minicamp Tuesday through Thursday and said he’s excited about playing this season.

Fujita is facing a three-game suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal but remains undeterred about getting back onto the field at age 33. An arbitrator ruled Monday that commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to suspend the 11-year veteran. Fujita has appealed his punishment.

“While there have certainly been some unexpected challenges this off-season, which are beyond my control right now, I can't let that distract me from getting myself as prepared as possible to play this season,” Fujita told The Plain Dealer in an email. “Obviously, I'm a lot closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning, so the time to win is now.

“I love my teammates and defensive coaches, I'm excited about our new additions and I'm looking forward to seeing this team improve. I want to win, and I want to help this team win.”

Fujita was bothered by injuries last season. He sustained a concussion in October and missed the final five games after suffering a broken hand.

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