New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma spent Monday afternoon having a ''very frank, very truthful'' meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about his suspension that was temporarily lifted.
Vilma was one of four players suspended by Goodell in the bounty scandal. But an appeals panel earlier this month said Goodell must clarify his rulings to ensure no part of his decisions was based on salary cap violations. That would be the jurisdiction of special master Stephen Burbank.
Vilma, suspended for the entire season, requested a separate meeting.
''Today everyone was afforded an opportunity to start over,'' Vilma said outside the NFL's Park Avenue offices more than three hours after he went in. ''It was in our best interest to meet today. We spoke truthfully, honestly, bluntly.''
Vilma and attorney Peter Ginsberg did not want to share details of the meeting.
''We appreciate Jonathan Vilma taking the time to meet today and look forward to seeing the other players tomorrow...