No player discipline in Saints' bounty scandal this week

The NFL will not announce discipline for players involved in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal until next week, at the earliest.

Everyone has been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Goodell hammered the Saints organization, general manager Mickey Loomis, head coach Sean Payton and linebackers coach Joe Vitt, as well as former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. But a month later we’re still waiting to see what will happen to the players. The league reports on its Web site that “punishment will not be until next week at the earliest.”

The reason is pretty simple. The NFL has no interest in taking the spotlight away from the draft, which begins Thursday night. It’s a delicate issue and Goodell seems to be at least creating the perception that he is mindful of the NFLPA’s interest in the matter. But given the serious punishment handed out to others, one would imagine the players will face stiff penalties themselves.

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