Players appeal bounty suspensions

The SportsXchange

All four players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have appealed their suspensions ahead of Friday's deadline, according to an NFL.com report.

The appeals come after commissioner Roger Goodell re-issued punishments on Tuesday. In doing that, Goodell reduced Anthony Hargrove's ban from eight games to seven, and Scott Fujita's suspension from three games to one. He re-instated the year-long suspension for Jonathan Vilma and four-game ban for Will Smith.

In appealing his season-long suspension, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma requested that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself on the basis of bias and partiality, according to an ESPN.com.

Vilma hopes for a favorable rating from Judge Helen Berrigan in his defamation suit in federal court.
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