Sept 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
The NFL has upheld and re-issued the suspensions for current and former New Orleans Saints players Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove. But some of the stipulations of the suspensions may have changed according to one report.
NFL analyst Mike Florio has said that when asked the question if the same penalties originally given were standing fast, the NFL said “It’s not that simple” and “not all.”
The penalties first handed out were: Vilma(suspended entire season), Smith(suspended four games), Fujita(suspended three games), and Hargrove(suspended eight games).
Florio also felt like the suspensions could be for “credit” for games that have already played out. Not long after that prediction, he reported that a source said Vilma’s suspension has been changed from a full season to just the remainder of this season.
He then further stated that Fujita’s suspension was reduced to one game, Hargrove’s to seven, and that Smith’s would stand at four games. A blow especially to Hargrove considering it would mean close to the rest of the season(Week 13) before he’d be able to come back.
Of course the fight isn’t over yet because the consensus is that the players will exercise their right to appeal the suspensions to see if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell truly has jurisdiction over the matter and by right has the ability to issue the penalties.
It’s also very likely the players will ask for an injunction to allow them to keep playing until the matter is final. While the players and the NFL want this issue to be resolved and put to bed, it doesn’t seem like it will happen anytime soon.
* Update(4:19 p.m. Central)–According to the revised suspensions, Hargrove has been given credit for 5 games. He will only need to serve a 2 game suspension if he signs with a team.