BREAKING: A 3-member appeals panel has overturned the player suspensions in the Saints bounty case, says a source. Details coming.
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 7, 2012
Woah. So Roger Goodell’s power may not be absolute. The New Orleans Saints won an appeal, likely wiping out the suspensions of Jonathan Vima (entire season), Will Smith (4 games), Scott Fujita (now with Cleveland, 3 games) and Anthony Hargrove (now of the Packers 8 games). With the Saints’ fist game of the season days away, you have to wonder what this means for Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and Saints Interim coach Joe Vitt. Goodell will likely have to go back and issue new suspensions dealing with the “intent to injure.”
Victory is mine!!!! -stewie griffin
— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 7, 2012