Saints Bounty Punishment: Player Suspensions Released by NFL

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 23, 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints' coaching staff and upper management have already been handed their punishments by the NFL, and now some of the players involved in the bounty scandal know their fate as well. 

According to the NFL, four prominent players received harsh penalties for their actions, with some much worse than others.

Jonathan Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 season, Anthony Hargrove must sit out eight games, Will Smith gets a four game ban and Scott Fujita is suspended for three games. 

This a crushing blow to the Saints. There's no question that New Orleans will have a stacked offense this coming season, but losing big contributors on defense for multiple games is devastating. 

The Saints aren't the only teams suffering. Scott Fujita now plays for the Cleveland Browns and Anthony Hargrove is with the Green Bay Packers

Mike Freeman of tweeted that the players will appeal.

I'm told by union player source all players will appeal. No shock there.

— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) May 2, 2012

Stay tuned with Bleacher Report as more information comes in regarding the Saints' bounty scandal. 



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