New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has officially appealed his one-year suspension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Saints LB Jonathan Vilma officially has appealed his year-long suspension.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 7, 2012
Vilma was suspended one year for his alleged role in the Saints bounty system which rewarded players for injuring opponents. He received the harshest suspension out of any of the Saints' penalized players.
Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was given an eight game suspension for his participation, while Will Smith was suspended for four games, and Scott Fujita was suspended for three contests. On the coaching side, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely for organizing the bounty system. Saints head coach Sean Payton was been suspended the entire year, and assistant coach Joe Vitt was suspended for the season's first six games. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance last week claiming that commissioner Roger Goodell did not have the authority to suspend players for events occurring prior to the lockout.