(Sports Network) - The suspended players in the New Orleans Saints bounty casehave reportedly filed appeals of the latest penalties imposed by NFLcommissioner Roger Goodell.
Both NFL.com and ESPN have reported that Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, AnthonyHargrove and Scott Fujita have appealed the discipline Goodell announcedTuesday.
After an appeals panel in September overturned the penalties Goodell initiallydisclosed in May, the commissioner re-issued his decision earlier this weekwith a few changes.
Hargrove, currently a free agent, had an eight-game ban cut to seven games andFujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, had a three-game penalty trimmed to onegame. Vilma's suspension remained season-long and Smith's four-game ban alsoheld firm.
If Hargrove is signed by a team, he will only serve a two-game suspensionafter receiving credit for the five games he already has missed this season.
Fujita has appeared in three games for the Browns, while Smith has appeared inall five games for the Saints. Vilma hasn't played in a game this seasonbecause of a knee injury and Goodell's recent ruling has allowed for thelinebacker to accumulate time served while he was being paid during his timeon the physically unable to perform list.