Even though numerous names will most likely be released down the road, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been the only player recognized for his involvement in former defensive coordinator Greg Williams’ bounty program in which players were rewarded large sums of money for severely hurting opponents during games. Now, it seems like Vilma could receive a suspension from the league as early as this week.
According to NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora, Vilma is expected to receive a suspension ranging from anywhere between two and eight games. Roger Goodell and company have already handed out suspensions for Williams, Sean Payton, and Mickey Loomis, but they’ve yet to take action on any of the actual players involved.
Obviously, losing one of their key linebackers would be a huge loss for a team like New Orleans–but it’s just another thing to add to the list of adjustments for next season as the team prepares to move forward with Joe Vitt taking over as interim head coach.
While Vilma was obviously not the only player involved in this bounty game, it seemed like only a matter of time before a suspension came considering numerous reports indicated he offered $10,000 to any player that took Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC Championship when the Saints were playing the Minnesota Vikings. After an impressive 2011 season, it should be interesting to see what the Saints look like in 2012 as more details continue to emerge about this horrific story.
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