New Orleans Saints players that could be suspended; impact on season

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September 26, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) leads the team onto the field during introductions prior to a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

With the dramatic and what some are calling harsh suspensions for the New Orleans Saints coaching staff, the worst may be yet to come.  Suspensions and possible fines that are coming for players could also hamper the season for the team.

One name that keeps coming up over and over is linebacker Jonathan Vilma.  Vilma has been the one player that is clearly named in the investigation and will likely face a lengthy suspension from the NFL.

While some analysts have Vilma as being suspended for up to six games, it wouldn’t be a huge shocker if  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to extend the suspension to eight games or even the whole year.

If that sounds harsh, look at the penalties that were just handed down to head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, linebacker coach Joe Vitt, and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Vilma isn’t alone though in what would be a range of suspensions that could severely decimate the defensive unit of the Saints and also the impact it could have on the season.

On the following page is a list of defensive players who are with the Saints currently on the roster and have been with the team for the entire period of the investigation from 2009-2012.

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