In reversing the penalties handed out before the season, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the Saints players and coaches acted to the detriment of the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Saint players Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith must sit out several games this season. But he reduced the penalties on former Saints Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove all can play in this weekend's NFL season opening games.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came down hard on four current and former New Orleans Saints for participating in a bounty program to injure opponents. But some say he's going too far.