One day after his suspension in the NFL's bounty probe was overturned, Jonathan Vilma moved forward with his defamation claims against Commissioner Roger Goodell, while Drew Brees and other teammates went on the offensive against Goodell and the league of
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will rule Tuesday afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the NFL's bounty probe, and any potential punishment will be delayed by a week, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
The NFL on Monday asked a federal judge to block Jonathan Vilma's demands for evidence in the league's bounty probe of the Saints, and a magistrate has ordered lawyers in the case to convene in New Orleans on Thursday to discuss the matter.
Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the winless New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Anthony Hargrove, one of four players to have his suspension temporarily lifted last week despite being part of what the league says was a bounty program conducted by members of the Saints, continued to proclaim his innocence.
Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says he still has an investigator working with the FBI on wiretapping allegations involving the New Orleans Saints, but adds that no evidence has been turned over to federal prosecutors at this time.
The NFL has not found evidence that bounty programs existed at the Washington Redskins or the Buffalo Bills when Gregg Williams on either staff, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing anonymous league sources.
Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation.
The NFL denies accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.
The Saints have hired a firm run by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh to investigate allegations that general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome booth that enabled him to eavesdrop on opposing coaches, sources said.