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Jonathan Vilma is bracing for a suspension between two to eight games, according to sources who have been in contact with the New Orleans Saints linebacker. Vilma, his representatives and the NFL Players Association are unsure of exactly what discipline will be handed down at this point, but with Vilma the only player named in information released to the public, the player expects the discipline to be at least a few games, sources said.

The NFL Players Association said it had detailed knowledge of the video and audio tapes in which former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams implored his team to target specific San Francisco 49ers players for injury in this year’s NFL division playoffs before the tapes became public on April 4. Scott Fujita, a former Saints linebacker now with the Browns and a member of the union’s executive committee, provided the NFLPA with the details of Williams’ speech and the tape that independent film-maker Sean Pamphilon had made accessible to him, according to sources.

Drew Brees wasn’t at the first day of the Saints’ offseason conditioning program and instead was in New York meeting with NFL officials. Brees was joined by former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, according to NFL.com writer Albert Breer. While the details of the meeting are unknown, all three are key figures inside the NFLPA and are likely speaking with NFL officials about the league’s investigation into the Saints’ pay-for-performance bounty program.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former Saints linebacker Scott Fujitaand NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith arrived at NFL offices in New York to meet with league officials on Monday. The league has yet to announce player punishment for the “Bounty” scandal that has rocked the Saints organization. Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the 2012 season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six games for their involvement in the program.

Chase Daniel is excited about the one-year, $1 million contract he signed to return to the Saints as Drew Brees’ backup. He is more excited about the life after. After 2012, the Southlake Carroll, Texas, product will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time. He hopes to go to a team where he can compete for the starting job.

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