Prevailing thought has been the NFL will hand out discipline in the bounty case before the end of the month.
It could be coming a little sooner than that.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis Rams expect to learn the fate of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams before the end of this week. Williams has been accused of masterminding a bounty program for the past three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton are also expected to be punished.
What fate awaits Williams remains to be seen. Some believe he will be lucky to come away with a half-season suspension on top of a hefty fine. The Rams and Saints, of course, will have to make contingency plans if their coaches are sidelined.
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