Vilma appeals suspensions; Smith, former Saints ‘reserve the right’ to appeal

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Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma speaks about his “Bounty-gate” suspension

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma officially appealed his “bounty-gate” punishment, the NFL announced Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Saints defensive end Will Smith, along with former Saints Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita all “filed notice that they reserve the right to appeal their suspensions after a grievance filed by the NFLPA [NFL Players Association] on their behalf is heard,” according to the NFL. is reporting that Vilma’s appeal will go directly to league commissioner Roger Goodell.

Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season. Smith for four games, Hargrove for eight and Fujita must sit out three games.

In addition, theNFL Players’ Associationhas filed a grievance on behalf of the four suspended players, saying the collective bargaining agreement was violated by the league in their handling of the suspensions.