Jonathan Vilma expects to be suspended in bounty scandal
One more shoe will still fall in the bounty scandal that has rocked the New Orleans Saints.
That is the one that will land squarely on players involved in the matter.
The question is how big will the shoe be? Are we talking a Bob Lanier size 22 sneaker? Or something considerably smaller?
Jonathan Vilma reportedly is expecting a wide-ranging sentence. According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, the Saints linebacker expects to be sidelined from two to eight games. There is a big difference between two games and a half season, that much is certain.
Vilma was cited in information released by the NFL for putting up a cash bounty to knock Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game. La Canfora cites sources who say Vilma isn’t sure what to expect reight now. It will be interesting to see how many other players are punished.
The NFL has been taking its time in this matter and movement could be coming soon. The league met with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, ex-Saints linebacker Scott Fujita and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith today in New York.
The Saints have added some depth to their roster at linebacker, signing Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne. Those moves have created some questions about the future of Vilma with the franchise.
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