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Vilma’s lawyer says NFL’s process “has had no decency”

Vilma’s lawyer says NFL’s process “has had no decency”

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
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 stint
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  • Griffin is cleared to return to practice on Wednesday

    Griffin is cleared to return to practice on Wednesday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    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 p
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  • Hall of Fame gets Brees' record-setting football

    Hall of Fame gets Brees' record-setting football

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Oct 9, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL inves…

    Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL investigators

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Of 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 s
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  • Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Wri…

    Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Writes Prickish Letters To Those Involved

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Roger 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…
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  • NFC South evening update

    NFC South evening update

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Let'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…
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  • Goodell: Saints targeted Panthers in 2010

    Goodell: Saints targeted Panthers in 2010

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    In 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…
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  • NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcement

    NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcement

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    If 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:
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  • NFL cuts Fujita’s suspension, will allow Vilma to get paid

    NFL cuts Fujita’s suspension, will allow Vilma to get paid

    NFL 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 Fuji
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  • Bucs put Anthony Gaitor on IR, designated for return

    Bucs put Anthony Gaitor on IR, designated for return

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    So 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 practice
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  • Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums…

    Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his band

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    As 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 …
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  • NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Four 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-…
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  • NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    You’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.
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  • Jon Beason expects to be back in the middle come Week Seven

    Jon Beason expects to be back in the middle come Week Seven

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The 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 inju
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Time 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 outs
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  • Schiano’s son suspended for rest of HS season for swearing at r…

    Schiano’s son suspended for rest of HS season for swearing at ref

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Buccaneers 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 bein
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  • Akeem Dent's role is increasing

    Akeem Dent's role is increasing

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Although 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 the
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  • Video - Prominent QBs struggling 02:31

    Prominent QBs struggling

    Oct 9
    What 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.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Saints' Suspensions 03:10

    NFL Live OT: Saints' Suspensions

    Oct 9
    NFL Live OT on Roger Goodell reducing the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.
  • Video - Goodell Upholds Vilma Penalty 04:50

    Goodell Upholds Vilma Penalty

    Oct 9
    Roger Goodell has reduced the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Insight: Record-Breaking Brees 02:14

    Countdown Daily Insight: Record-Breaking Brees

    Oct 9
    Prim Siripipat and Eric Allen break down Drew Brees' performance on Sunday and talk about the Saints' season outlook

Sports Columnists

  • 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 words

    Oct 9
    Roger 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 9
    The 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 5

    Oct 9
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.