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Players appeal reissued 'Bountygate' suspensions

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Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

The four players who received suspensions in the 'Bountygate' incidents have filed appeals with the NFL, according to multiple reports.

With a Friday deadline to appeal commissioner Roger Goodell's reissued suspensions from earlier in the week, all four players sent in their appeal in advance of the deadline.

On Monday, Goodell reduced free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove's suspension from eight games to seven and Browns LB Scott Fujita's from three games to one. He also upheld the season-long suspension for Saints LB Jonathan Vilma and the four-game suspension for Saints DE Will Smith.

The commissioner also allowed time served for Vilma and Hargrove, and said Vilma could keep the game checks accumulated while he's on the Saints' physically unable to perform list.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, all four players hope to avoid their suspensions being enforced, however, the reissued penalties are allowed by the collective bargaining agreement.

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