The NFL has finally issued penalties to current and former Saints players for their participation in the bounty program Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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According to a statement issued by the NFL, the four players have been "suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program that endangered player safety over three seasons from 2009-2011. Participation by players in any such program is prohibited by the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, the standard NFL Player Contract, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement."
Saints defensive end Will Smith will miss four games. Browns linebacker Scott Fujita received a three-game ban while Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove was handed an eight-game suspension. The heaviest player suspension was handed to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season, for putting a $10,000 price on the heads of Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the 2009 playoffs.