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September 22, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice said he wishes he would have challenged Terrell Owens' touchdown catch during Monday night's loss to the Eagles. "But that's all hindsight now," Tice said yesterday. Owens hauled in a 45-yard pass from Donovan McNabb to put the Eagles ahead by 24-9 with 7 minutes, 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but replays showed Owens might not have had full possession of the ball as he landed in the end zone and rolled out of bounds. David Akers kicked the extra point before Minnesota's assistant coaches had a chance to see a replay up in the booth.
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October 28, 2012 | Associated Press
NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Friday, arguing that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints' bounties case next week. In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma's statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator. " NFL lawyers wrote that, "Mr. Vilma was right that commissioner Tagliabue was a good appointment.
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May 19, 2012 | Associated Press
  Suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit on Thursday against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league's top executive made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living playing football. The suit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans claims Goodell, "relied on, at best, hearsay, circumstantial evidence and lies" in making comments about Vilma while discussing the NFL's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.
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May 4, 2012 | Associated Press
Hoping to close the book on bounties, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma without pay for all of next season Wednesday and gave shorter bans to three other players for their leading roles in the team's cash-for-hits system that knocked key opponents out of games from 2009-11. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was suspended for the first half of the 16-game season; Saints defensive end Will Smith was barred for the opening four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss the first three games of 2012.
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September 14, 2012
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet Tuesday with the four players suspended in the Saints' bounty scandal, NFL.com reported Wednesday. An appeals panel last week overturned the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (2012 season) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) for their roles in the team's bounty program from 2009 to '11. Browns linebacker Scott Fujita got three games and defensive end Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, got eight. The appeals panel said Goodell must clarify his earlier rulings to ensure that no part of his decisions was based on salary cap violations.
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August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
CINCINNATI - Tim Tebow picked up some yards by running around a few times. Other than that, there wasn't much in his Jets debut. Certainly nothing to spark any mania back in New York. Tebow had his best moments while scrambling behind reserves on the Jets' line Friday night. He completed only four passes and threw an interception during the Cincinnati Bengals' 17-6 preseason victory. He did lead his team to a field goal, which is more than starter Mark Sanchez was able to do. The Jets put up no points during Sanchez's time on the field The Jets let their celebrated newcomer play the second quarter and most of the third.
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September 20, 2012
Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Scott Fujita's meeting was postponed. Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee sustained during the preseason. He was unable to travel to New York, the NFL Players Association said. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices around 4 p.m., about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did not make themselves available to reporters.
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December 1, 2012
For the third consecutive game, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least it appears as if they'll have the quarterback of their defense and the reigning team MVP back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger will not play Sunday in Baltimore, meaning Charlie Batch will make his second consecutive start at quarterback for the Steelers (6-5), who have lost each of the first two games Roethlisberger missed. Unlike a defeat at home two weeks ago to the rival Ravens (9-2)
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December 13, 2012 | By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press
IRVING, Texas - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he "fundamentally disagrees" with former league boss Paul Tagliabue's decision not to discipline players in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Speaking Wednesday after an owners meeting in the Dallas area, Goodell said he respected his predecessor's decision, and believed it backed up the commissioner's conclusion that the Saints ran a bounty program for three years and covered it up. But Goodell took issue with Tagliabue's vacating the yearlong suspension of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and shorter bans for three other current and former Saints players.
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March 1, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
The Jets traded for defensive tackle Kris Jenkins from Carolina yesterday and dealt linebacker Jonathan Vilma, the 2004 defensive rookie of the year, to New Orleans. A 4-3 middle linebacker, Vilma didn't fit in well to Eric Mangini's 3-4 defense. Vilma, who missed the last nine games of the 2007 season with a knee injury, had 118 tackles as a rookie after being the No. 12 overall draft pick in 2004. He led the NFL the following season with 187 tackles and made the Pro Bowl. In 2006, the Jets switched defenses and Vilma had only 116 tackles.
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January 25, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala.—New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton kept using the word "closure" during an extraordinary, 45-minute news conference Wednesday morning following the North team practice at the Senior Bowl. But the size of the media throng around Payton, as he spoke for the first time since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lifted Payton's 1-year suspension Tuesday in the "Bountygate" case, was maybe the first clue that putting the scandal in the past isn't going to be easy or simple.
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December 13, 2012 | By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press
IRVING, Texas - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he "fundamentally disagrees" with former league boss Paul Tagliabue's decision not to discipline players in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Speaking Wednesday after an owners meeting in the Dallas area, Goodell said he respected his predecessor's decision, and believed it backed up the commissioner's conclusion that the Saints ran a bounty program for three years and covered it up. But Goodell took issue with Tagliabue's vacating the yearlong suspension of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and shorter bans for three other current and former Saints players.
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December 1, 2012
For the third consecutive game, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least it appears as if they'll have the quarterback of their defense and the reigning team MVP back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger will not play Sunday in Baltimore, meaning Charlie Batch will make his second consecutive start at quarterback for the Steelers (6-5), who have lost each of the first two games Roethlisberger missed. Unlike a defeat at home two weeks ago to the rival Ravens (9-2)
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November 5, 2012
The Saints have Bountygate and are without their head coach this season. The Eagles can't finish 8-8 or they'll be without their coach beyond next season. Both teams are not living up to recent heights. The Saints are 2-5 and have shown how vital coaches are in the NFL, with their leader  Sean Payton  suspended for the season. The Eagles are 3-4, and some may wonder if  Andy Reid  has been suspended because the team has often been a rudderless ship. Reid has already fired his defensive coordinator.
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November 2, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE ATTORNEY for New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma has gone to court in the bounties case with an email from a former assistant coach who called the Saints a "dirty organization. " The email from Mike Cerullo to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello is part of a motion that seeks to block former commissioner Paul Tagliabue from hearing appeals of the alleged program to pay for injury-producing hits. Vilma claims that Cerullo had a vendetta against Saints interim coach Joe Vitt after being fired.
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October 28, 2012 | Associated Press
NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Friday, arguing that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints' bounties case next week. In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma's statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator. " NFL lawyers wrote that, "Mr. Vilma was right that commissioner Tagliabue was a good appointment.
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October 25, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE PLAYERS UNION and the four players suspended in the Saints' bounties case filed motions Wednesday to have former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue removed from hearing their appeals. They asked in U.S. District Court in New Orleans that Tagliabue recuse himself because of a conflict of interest, and also asked for a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court. The NFL said it would oppose Tagliabue stepping aside. The players were suspended for their alleged role in a bounty program in operation from 2009-11 in which players received cash bonuses for intentionally inflicting injuries on opponents.
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October 22, 2012
The players' union might challenge former commissioner Paul Tagliabue's replacing Roger Goodell as the appeals officer in the Saints bounties scandal. The players association has concerns about "ethical and legal issues," a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Sunday. The NFL had no comment. Tagliabue, who was appointed Friday by Goodell, his successor as NFL commissioner, is scheduled to hear the appeals of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove on Oct. 30. Tagliabue works for the law firm that is defending the league in U.S. District Court in Louisiana in the bounties case.
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October 17, 2012
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year. Lewis suffered a torn right triceps during Sunday's 31-29 victory over Dallas. The 37-year-old Lewis leads Baltimore in tackles and is the voice of experience in the huddle. "Ray in the locker room afterward, we didn't know [the extent of the injury] but he was worried about it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
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October 12, 2012
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita accused Roger Goodell of abusing his power as commissioner for his handling of the New Orleans Saints' bounty case. Fujita also criticized the NFL's recent record on player safety and said he planned to appeal the reduced suspension. He expects to play Sunday when the winless Browns (0-5) host the Cincinnati Bengals. Fujita, who had his three-game suspension reduced to one Tuesday by Goodell, released a statement Wednesday in which he expressed being most angered with a letter he received from Goodell after his suspension was reduced.
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