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With Sean Payton Suspended For Season For Bounty Scandal, Browns' Scott Fujita May Be Punished Next

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The NFL continues to dominate the headlines this week, and the Commissioner's office dropped a shocking penalty on the New Orleans Saints organization on Wednesday. Roger Goodell handed down substantial fines and suspensions to the Saints' coaching staff, most notably with head coach Sean Payton being suspended for an entire season. As far the Browns are concerned, this could be a harbinger of things to come for linebacker Scott Fujita. Goodell stated that they're still investigating players' roles in the bounty system and that suspensions could follow for those players. He stated:

"While I will not address player conduct at this time, I am profoundly troubled by the fact that players -- including leaders among the defensive players -- embraced this program so enthusiastically and participated with what appears to have been a deliberate lack of concern for the well-being of their fellow players."

Fujita told Peter King of Sports Illustrated earlier this month that he paid players for good plays but not for deliberately targeting or injuring players.

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