Former New Orleans Saints and current Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today to discuss the issue of the bounty investigation. Also discussed will be Fujita’s three-game suspension that has been temporarily lifted.
The purpose of the meeting is to basically give Fujita the chance to state his case and give him a chance to present any new evidence that he feels should be heard by Goodell.
It could also be the chance that Goodell has to present him with any new evidence like he did with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. When Vilma met with Goodell, he was presented with a signed declaration from former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams stating Vilma did indeed offer a bounty on former NFL quarterback Brett Farve.
While the players and their fans remain hopeful that the suspensions could be reduced or even removed completely, Goodell then runs the risk of losing face in front of everyone which is something he can’t afford.
Defensive ends Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove, along with Vilma also await their fate which could be decided immediately after Fujita’s meeting or by next week.
If the suspensions are reinstated, then Fujita would begin serving his suspensions along with the others. While Hargrove currently doesn’t have a team, Vilma is on the Saints Physically Unable to Perform(PUP) list and Smith is preparing for their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
For Vilma it would mean that he would have immediate separation from the Saints for the entire season and that Smith would not be able to join the team for the Packers game as he serves his four-game suspension. Smith would not return until November 5th in a Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.