Goodell wants bounty meeting with players soon

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 12, 2012

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the St. Louis Rams selected quarterback Sam Bradford from the Oklahoma Sooners first overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to meet with the players whose bounty suspensions were temporarily lifted ''as soon as possible.'' Appearing at a hearing on Capitol Hill, Goodell noted Wednesday that the league ''offered several times to have them come in as part of the hearing process, the CBA process, and I hope that they'll do that soon.'' An appeals panel last week overturned the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2012 season) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) for their roles in the team's bounty program from 2009-11. Browns linebacker Scott Fujita got three games and DE Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, got eight. The appeals panel said Goodell overstepped his authority in hearing the players' appeals of their punishments.
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