The four players suspended by the NFL for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" program have had their suspensions overturned by a collective bargaining agreement panel, an NFL Players Association source said Friday.
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 regular season, free agent Anthony Hargrove for eight games, Saints defensive end Will Smith for four games and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita three games.
Fujita and Hargrove were played for the Saints during the program duration which ran from 2009 to 2011 under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has been suspended indefinitely. The suspensions of Williams, coach Sean Payton (season-long suspension), general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) and assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games) were not involved in this appeals process.
Vilma took to Twitter to express his satisfaction about the ruling.
Victory is mine!!!! -stewie griffin
â?? Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 7, 2012