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.
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.