Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (99) is interviewed after minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Former New Orleans Saints LB Scott Fujita optimistic He'll start in week one

Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games by NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell for his alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

Recently Fujita claimed with confidence that he will in fact open the season with the Browns on September 9th against the Eagles.

I’m optimistic about playing in Week 1, stated Fujita when recently interviewed about his return.

We’ve all heard of the four players being reprimanded by Goodell for playing a part in the pay for performance program, initiated by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Those players include Fujita, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Jonathan Vilma — who took the brunt of punishment with a year long suspension.

All four players that where suspended are hoping to put the punishments received on hold. An appeal hearing is on schedule for Thursday in New York that the players hope will earn them an injunction effectively blocking the suspensions.

Fujita’s thoughts and prayers are also with New Orleans and the Saints during the on-going chaos stemming from Hurricane Isaac.

It’s unbelievable. I talked to a lot of the guys down there yesterday. They’re dealing with a lot right now.

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