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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees addressed the punishments handed down in the NFL’s “bounty” investigation for the first time on Friday, expressing support for coach Sean Payton and admitting that it hurt him to see the team’s reputation damaged.

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and the club will file separate appeals with the NFL in regards to the suspensions and other punishments imposed on the team by Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Saints officials. The announcement Friday afternoon joins one earlier in the day in which Coach Sean Payton is also expected to appeal his full-year suspension.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says the NFL must release to the union all relevant information pertaining to its investigation of the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty program before making any recommendations or rulings on possible penalties for players. Smith, in an interview with the sports website Pro Player Insiders, was critical of how the NFL has handled its part of the investigation.

We don’t understand. We just don’t understand. The brutality and mentality of big-time football is a savage reality that normal people in normal jobs just can’t comprehend. This became clear to me during a recent conversation with Brad Culpepper, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida Gators defensive tackle who is now a prominent attorney in Tampa. While most of us remain shocked and appalled that the New Orleans Saints coaches set up a bounty system where players were encouraged to injure other players and knock them out of games, Culpepper didn’t even seem mildly surprised

The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent Philip Wheeler on Friday to fill their void at starting outside linebacker, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported. Wheeler visited the Raiders on Thursday and agreed to the deal a day later. Wheeler played 13 games for Indianapolis last season, making 80 tackles and recording one sack. He played four seasons overall with the Colts with 182 tackles and two sacks. “We’re excited to add another veteran to complement our talented linebacking group,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “He gives us a lot of athleticism and versatility. He’s a player that can do a lot of things.”

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