Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/13/12

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell separate from the other three players who were suspended in the bounty case.

Vilma is scheduled to meet with Goodell on Monday while Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove remain on Goodell's schedule for a Tuesday meeting.

Those meetings aren't certain to happen as the review of bounty punishment is back to the pre-discipline stage. The NFL released a statement Thursday outlining its position on the Appeals Board decision for the first time, and said in part: "The panel made clear that the Commissioner had full authority to impose discipline on the players so long as the discipline was attributable to conduct detrimental to the league, rather than 'undisclosed compensation.' The panel asked only that he clarify that he was not relying on the "undisclosed" nature of the financial incentives in imposing the discipline. In the meantime, the panel put the suspensions on hold."

Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said in a statement that the NFL's Thursday statement asserting Goodell's authority wasn't in question and that suspensions were put "on hold" was fiction.

"It is interesting and illuminating that it took the NFL almost one week to develop a publishable rationalization of the Appeals Board decision," Ginsberg said in a statement. "Contrary to the NFL's media statement, the Appeals Panel voided the suspensions -- it did not 'put the suspensions on hold,' as the NFL now pretends. And the Appeals Board is clearly based on the conclusion that the Commissioner overstepped his jurisdiction."

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