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The Commissioner’s re-issued bounty discipline resulted in, as a practical matter, a $564,000 gift to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, given that his one-year ban has been reduced to 10 games without pay, following the completion of his six-week stintUpvote Share Tweet
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, whose “mild” concussion prevented him from recalling the score or quarter of the game against the Falcons, has received clearance to return to practice. Our colleagues at CSNWashington.com report that Griffin pUpvote Share TweetThe Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipsed Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.Upvote Share Tweet
Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL investigatorsOf the four players who received renewed discipline for their involvement in the Saints’ alleged bounty program, only Saints defensive end Will Smith had no changes made to his penalty. He initially was suspended four games, and he once again has been sUpvote Share Tweet
Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Writes Prickish Letters To Those Involveddeadspin.com Updated Oct 9, 2012Roger Goodell, having tripped all over his dick as regards the Saints' bounty program, is back to swinging the stupid thing in our faces again. Today, he reinstated the suspensions of all four players, although three of them were given more lenient puni…Upvote Share TweetLet's take a look at the top Tuesday afternoon headlines from around the NFC South: ATLANTA FALCONS Former NFL coach Tony Dungy said Atlanta coach Mike Smith should get running back Michael Turner more involved in the offense. I respect Dungy as much as…Upvote Share Tweet
Goodell: Saints targeted Panthers in 2010In a memo to all 32 NFL teams announcing the revised punishment from the alleged three-year bounty program run by the New Orleans Saints, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell revealed a significant detail about a 2010 game with Carolina. In a previous memo, G…Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcementIf you think the drama surrounding the Saints bounty penalties is going to die down anytime soon, think again. The NFLPA released the following statement, moments after the NFL released Roger Goodell’s slight changes to the punishments of four players:Upvote Share TweetNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has altered the suspensions of three of the four players who were disciplined as a result of the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program. The player who got the best result was Browns linebacker Scott FujiUpvote Share TweetSo much for “getting there.” The Buccaneers placed cornerback Anthony Gaitor on injured reserve, with the designated for return tag so he can return later this season. They filled his roster spot by promoting linebacker Jacob Cutrera from the practiceUpvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his bandyahoo.com Updated Oct 9, 2012As a football player, offensive lineman Kyle Turley was best-known for one incident. When Turley's Saints played the New York Jets at the Superdome in November of 2011, there was a play in which Jets defensive player Damien Robinson was trying to twist …Upvote Share TweetFour weeks and three days after an internal appeals panel vacated suspensions imposed on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Saints defensive end Will Smith, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, the league has re-…Upvote Share TweetYou’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you may have even heard it here. So are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in.Upvote Share TweetThe Panthers have been coy about the long-term plans for their linebacking corps, but it sounds like they’ll be sticking with Jon Beason as their middle linebacker a little while longer. Beason missed the loss to the Seahawks with shoulder and knee injuUpvote Share TweetTime for a run through the Tuesday morning headlines from around the NFC South: ATLANTA FALCONS Outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas suffered an ankle injury at Washington and his status for Sunday’s Oakland game remains unclear. Nicholas and fellow outsUpvote Share Tweet
Schiano’s son suspended for rest of HS season for swearing at refBuccaneers coach Greg Schiano has been preaching discipline at work, but may need to take a bit of that home with him as well. Schiano’s son Joe, a sophomore linebacker at Tampa’s Berkeley Prep, has been suspended for the rest of the season after beinUpvote Share Tweet
Akeem Dent's role is increasingAlthough he’s been listed as the starting middle linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons since the start of the season, Akeem Dent really hasn’t filled that role -- at least not in the traditional sense of a starter. But that’s starting to change. In theUpvote Share Tweet
Prominent QBs strugglingOct 9What is wrong with Panthers QB Cam Newton, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Eagles QB Michael Vick? Charlie Casserly explains what each of these quarterbacks needs to do to improve offensively.
NFL Live OT: Saints' SuspensionsOct 9NFL Live OT on Roger Goodell reducing the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.
Goodell Upholds Vilma PenaltyOct 9Roger Goodell has reduced the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.
Countdown Daily Insight: Record-Breaking BreesOct 9Prim Siripipat and Eric Allen break down Drew Brees' performance on Sunday and talk about the Saints' season outlook
Peter King: Unless he plays smarter, RGIII will lose to Luck in long-term;…Oct 9"I read your story,'' Robert Griffin III told me the night of the NFL Draft in New York. "Interesting."
Suspended New Orleans Saints snared by own wordsOct 9Roger Goodell used the suspended Saints' own words against them in the bounty case, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grac…Oct 9The comparison grows a little more obvious and well-defined as the weeks pass, and so do the concerns. When you watch the early-season struggles of last year's rookie sensation quarterback, Carolina's Cam Newton, it's hard to fight the feeling that perh…
Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 5Oct 9The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.