Tim Polzer
Friday October 12th, 2012

All four current and former Saints players suspended for their alleged participation in the team's bounty program will appeal the NFL's latest attempt at compromise. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is taking things a step farther by requesting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer:

https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/256751647202615296

Goodell hoped to give the bounty scandal storyline some closure by making Vilma eligible for six weeks IR pay during his season-long suspension. He explained his reasons in a letter detailing evidence against Vilma. The commissioner also reduced Scott Fujita's suspension from three game to one. Anthony Hargove's suspension was limited to two games if and when he signs with another team. Will Smith's suspension was sustained at four games. Vilma has already sued Goodell for defamation and has openly expressed animosity for the man charged with doling out his punishment, evidence likely to be mentioned in his request to recuse.

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