While both men will be missed by their team, Fujita has missed time before due to injury and Smith served a two-game suspension last year with players stepping in for them in an adequate fashion.
In a similar situation this season, their teams are prepared to take the hits with players ready to step up in their roles to fill in until their return. Neither player is in danger of losing their starting spot in the rotation or of being cut from the team.
Vilma and Hargrove are standing in a different spot though from Smith and Fujita. Both have much to lose if the suspensions stand going into the upcoming football season.
If Vilma seems to be on the attack, it’s because he’s fighting for his reputation and also his career. He is currently looking to file a temporary restraining order to halt his suspension.
Not only will Vilma be required to sit out an entire season, his rehabilitation involving his knee is also on the table as well. Simply put, his rehab process along with coordination with the Saints trainers and doctors will cease.