Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/4/12

St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Greg Williams has been summoned to the NFL offices in connection with his alleged "bounty" program while he was with the New Orleans Saints.

NFL.com, citing a league source, characterized Williams' appearance as a "meeting" rather than a "hearing."

The NFL on Friday announced that an investigation revealed that 22 to 27 players on the Saints funded a bounty program that targeted opposing players.

Some of the pay-for-performance violations included players receiving $1,500 for a "knockout" hit and $1,000 for a "cart-off" the field hit.

Williams, who left Saints after this past season to take his current position with the Rams, apologized for instituting the program.

"It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it,” Williams said. “Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again."

Since the news of the investigation surfaces, Williams has been linked to bounty programs during his tenure as head coach of the Buffalo Bills and defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

The league started its investigation during the 2010 season after learning of allegations that opposing players had been targeted by Saints defenders during the 2009 Super Bowl season.

Among the high-profile players allegedly targeted were now-retired quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.

ESPN reported that Saints head coach Sean Payton was aware of the program and that general manager Mickey Loomis was told of the investigation by the league this season, only to have the practice continue.

There have been reports that Payton, Loomis and Williams will be disciplined, with the penalties possible "unprecedented," according to the Washington Post.

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