Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/7/12

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is appealing his season-long suspension from the NFL.

The eight-year pro was one of four players suspended by the league last week for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal. The league announced in a May 2 press release that its investigation concluded that Vilma assisted former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in establishing and funding the bounty program. The investigation also cited "multiple independent sources" who confirmed that Vilma offered specific cash bounties for any player who knocked Kurt Warner or Brett Favre out of their respective playoff games during the Saints' Super Bowl run following the 2009 season.

Per the labor agreement between the NFL and the players' association, Vilma's appeal will go directly to commissioner Roger Goodell. If the suspension is upheld, Vilma will not be eligible to be reinstated until after the Super Bowl in 2013.

In his eight-year career, Vilma has amassed 833 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.

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