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NFL Suspends 4 Players For Saints’ Bounties

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Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints calls a defensive play. (credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints calls a defensive play. (credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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(AP) — New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished for participating in a pay-for-pain bounty system.

Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, is suspended for eight games this season; Saints defensive end Will Smith is barred for four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss three games. All of the suspensions are without pay.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling was announced Wednesday.

All four players have three days to appeal.

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