Loomis, Vitt, Saints also appealing bounty punishments

Gregg Williams is the only person entangled in the bounty program that will not fight his punishment.

Williams, the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints over the past three years, was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He’s chosen not to appeal. Everyone else involved will.

Saints head coach Sean Payton is appealing a season-long suspension that is set to begin Sunday. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, suspended for the first eight games of the season, and Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt, suspended for the first six games of the season, have also appealed. Additionally, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, the Saints as an organization have appealed a penalty that has fined them $500,000 and stripped them of second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.

Everyone involved is appealing to Goodell directly, and he indicated last week that any appeal by Payton would be handled in a quick manner, meaning the coach might not be buying himself much extra time. We’ll see what direction this heads, but chances of a successful appeal are likely remote.

Before too long, the NFL will likely hand out penalties for players who were involved in the bounty program.

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