June 5, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) during a minicamp session at the team

New Orleans Saints Vilma, other players file their appeals on suspensions

In a not so surprising move, it was announced that New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, along with Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and defensive end Anthony Hargrove have filed an appeal for their bounty suspensions.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Vilma, on top of the appeal, has also asked that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the case based on his inability to be unbiased when it comes to dealing with the player’s suspensions.

While the other appeals by Smith, Fujita, and Hargrove are being processed, Werder stated that the National Football League Players Association(NFLPA) is being “secretive” about it’s plans for them.

While Goodell did reduce the suspensions for Vilma, Fujita, and Hargrove, Fujita especially blasted Goodell in a statement earlier this week as well as did the NFLPA.

Werder also cited that Vilma currently has his defamation suit still ongoing against Goodell and which the linebacker hopes that this could be just the thing to unhinge the bounty suspensions against the players.

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