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Scott Fujita suspension: Browns LB has suspension reduced from 3 to 1 game

Cleveland Browns linebacker and defensive leader Scott Fujita had his suspension reduced from three to one game on Tuesday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Paul Tagliabue will hear Scott Fujita's appeal

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue to hear the player appeals involved with the Saints bounty scandal that resulted in suspension for four players, including Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Goodell announced Friday.

Tagliabue was appointed after the four suspended players and the players' union requested that he recuse himself as he could not fairly rule. Taglibue was appointed as the NFL Commissioner in 1989 and retired just prior to the beginning of the 2006 season.

Fujita was originally suspended for three games, but that suspension was reduced to just one game. He was a member of the Saints for four seasons before joining the Browns for the 2010 season. He has 598 career tackles and 23.5 career sacks. He was suspended for his involvement in a Saints bounty scandal that featured players allegedly being paid monetary incentives to cause injuries to opponents.

Taglibue is scheduled to hear the appeals on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


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Browns LB Scott Fujita rips Goodell's letter

Annoyed by the tone of his personal suspension letter from Roger Goodell, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita shot right back at the league commissioner on Wednesday to Tom Withers of The Associated Press.

"This is an absolute abuse of the power that's been afforded to the Commissioner," Fujita said. '"This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language."

The veteran linebacker was not found by Goodell to have actively taken part in the New Orleans Saints bounty program during his 2009 season with the team, but was still levied a one-game suspension after Goodell's final review of the situation.

Due to both the tone of the letter and the way he has been treated by Goodell throughout this entire situation, Fujita fully plans to appeal his new suspension and will remain on the field for the time being with the Browns.

Even though it's hard to imagine a quick solution in this case, Fujita readily admits that if things were handled differently on the league's end he would probably not even think twice about appealing.


NFL reduces Fujita suspension to 1 game

After pleading his innocence in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita had his three-game suspension reduced to one game on Tuesday, according to Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald.

Fujita was not found to have contributed to the bounty program in New Orleans while he was a part of the roster in 2009, but was still forced to accept blame for not actively trying to stop things as far as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is concerned.

Goodell, who ultimately deemed a lesser suspension was necessary in this case, was still largely critical of Fujita's actions in a letter informing the linebacker of his final ruling:

"While I have not found that you directly contributed to the bounty pool, there is no serious question that you were aware of the pool and its elements, including that it provided rewards for cartoffs.

I am surprised and disappointed by the fact that you, a former defensive captain and a passionate advocate for player safety, ignored such a program and permitted it to continue. You made clear to me that participation in the program was voluntary and that other players could have refused to participate, as you claim to have done. If you had spoken up, perhaps other players would have refused to participate and the consequences with which we are now dealing could have been avoided."

Fujita will have 72 hours to appeal his new suspension, but clearly has to be somewhat encouraged by Goodell's perceived leniency here. Even though the NFLPA will continue to fight every punishment handed down related to the scandal, only losing Fujita for one game should be viewed as a success for the Browns at this point.


Scott Fujita Suspension: Browns LB Unlikely To Meet With NFL Until After Next 2 Games

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita likely won't meet with NFL officials concerning his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal until after the Browns' next two games. Fujita had planned to have a video conference with the NFL on Tuesday, but the league told him on Monday that they'd rather have a face-to-face meeting. With the Browns traveling to Baltimore for a Thursday game with the Ravens next week it is likely that the meeting will take place sometime after that game.

Fujita was initially suspended three games for his role in the bounty program, but an appeals panel recently overturned the suspensions given to the four players in the matter. Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with each of the four players.

Fujita made his season debut in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals and practiced on Wednesday for the first time this season since injuring his knee in a preseason game.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature. For news and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL hub.


Scott Fujita Not Named In Gregg Williams Affidavit, According To Report

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was not named in a signed affidavit former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams provided the NFL on the ongoing bounty scandal, according to a report at

According to Jason La Canfora's report at, many topics were discussed in the lengthy report, and many players' names were stated explicitly throughout the document.

But Fujita, who was initially suspended three games to begin the season, was never mentioned.

Also according to the report, Fujita and other former Saints whose bounty-related suspensions were recently "vacated" are scheduled to meet with league officials Tuesday.

Fujita started Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and made two tackles. His suspension, along with those of the other implicated players, were lifted for Week 1. But Fujita sat out the Browns' 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles while he recovered from a leg injury.

The Browns kick off against the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.

For more on the Browns, be sure to visit Dawgs By Nature. The SB Nation's NFL hub is the place to go for all of your pro football needs.


Scott Fujita Reinstated By The NFL, Eligible To Play Week 1

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was among four players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal to win their appeal and have their suspensions lifted. The decision was handed down by an internal appeals panel, part of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and players' union, on Friday.

Fujita (previously suspended for 3 games), along with Jonathan Vilma (entire season), Anthony Hargrove (8 games) and Will Smith (4 games) are all eligible to play as early as Week 1 on Sunday.

Prior to today's ruling, Fujita had recently indicated that he was preparing to play in Week 1, when the Browns host the Philadelphia Eagles:

We're still waiting on a decision but I'm optimistic and preparing as if I'll be playing in the first game.

Albert Breer, a reporter with the NFL Network, noted that if commissioner Roger Goodell wants to continue with suspending the four players in this case, he must do so strictly on the grounds of injuring other players for pay. For now, Fujita and the others can take the field.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage of the vacated suspensions, and for more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature.

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