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Commissioner Goodell re-issues bounty discipline

By The Associated Press

This article was published October 9, 2012 at 4:10 p.m.

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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND OF JULY 21-22 - FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during his season-ending news conference at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La. Payton is suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the bounty program an NFL investigation unveiled. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down new discipline to four players in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation of the Saints.

There are no changes to the full-season suspension for New Orleans’ linebacker Jon Vilma or the four-game suspension for Saints defensive end Will Smith.

The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games, while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita is now docked one game, down from three.

Only Smith and Fujita have played this season since an appeal panel created by the NFL’s labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds and told Goodell he needed to clarify the basis of the punishment.

Vilma has been rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery.

The players also can delay the suspensions by appealing again.

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