Found September 07, 2012 on Chicks in the Huddle:
“Victory is Mine” That’s what Saints linebacker Jon Vilma tweeted moments after learning his suspension and those of three other players would be overturned as part of the Saints’ bounty scandal. Quoting a cartoon character from “Family Guy” was an apropos way to sum up what’s been a joke of a scandal all off-season long. Punishments with no proof. Speculation with no substance. It hasn’t flown with Saints fans. Apparently, it didn’t fly with a 3-member appeals panel either. The panel ruled Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita would be eligible to play this weekend. But it’s not exactly over. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could still step in and reinstate the suspensions if he has proof that Saints players had a scheme to injure opponents. You know, the kind of proof many of us have been pleading for since this nonsense became front page news. I wonder which intern has been tasked with scrolling frame by frame through game footage to find players slipping ...

Roger Goodell: Cutting Preseason In Half

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Roger Goodell says the replacement officials did an “adequate” job on Wednesday

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Column: NFL calls the shots as new season begins

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Proof that the NFL really does care about the health of its players was offered up Wednesday by commissioner Roger Goodell with the announcement of a $30 million grant to study brain injuries. Proof that the NFL really doesn't care about its players is spelled out in recent court filings arguing against compensation...

Saints coach should be freed, too

Free Sean Payton. Or at least be real about why he's really being punished. The New Orleans Saints coach was suspended for all of this season because, we were told, he failed to stop a "bounty program," a program that allegedly paid players for injuring opponents, a program that tore at the basic contract of the game. All of this had been swallowed as gospel until...

Goodell may still suspend reinstated Saints bounty players

A collective bargaining agreement appeals panel overturned the NFL's suspensions of four players involved in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" program. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can still suspend the players if he proves there was intent to injure.  The four players are eligible to play this Sunday. "Consistent with the panel's decision, Commissioner...

New Orleans Saints Players’ Bounty Suspensions Lifted—For Now

A three-man arbitration panel called for the lifting of suspensions for the four former and current New Orleans Saints’ players accused in the alleged bounty scandal Friday afternoon. The league reinstated those players soon thereafter.As a result, all four players are eligible to play this weekend, and thus have not missed any regular season games.The players affected are Saints...

Panel vacates bounty suspensions

The suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and three other players in the NFL's bounty investigation were lifted Friday by a three-member appeals panel and the league reinstated those players a few minutes later. The panel said Commissioner Roger Goodell did not have jurisdiction to hear the players' appeals of their punishment for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty program...

NFL Machine Will Be Under Pressure When Replacement Referees Take Field on Sunday

The 2012 National Football League season has officially started, and yet there are still officials running down the sidelines without a clue as to what's happening. Sunday -- when 26 franchises will take the gridiron for the first time this season -- will be a true test for the replacement referees as the NFL and NFL Referees Association are still without a new deal. Don'...

Bounty suspensions overturned for players involved

All four players associated with the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal had their suspensions unanimously overturned Friday by a three-man arbitration panel, and are eligible to play this weekend, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. While Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove can now suit up with their respective NFL teams, they may still subjected to suspensions...

Bountygate suspensions overturned for NFL players

The four NFL players who were suspended for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints Bountygate incident have had their appeals granted and are now free to play. A three-person arbitration panel overturned their suspensions on Sept. 7 and they can rejoin their teams immediately. The players are Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, and Scott Fujita. However,
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