Saints Player Punishments For Bounty Scandal Expected On Wednesday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already issued penalties to the coaches and others members of the New Orleans Saints organization involved in the bounty scandal. Head coach Sean Payton is gone for the year, assistant coach Joe Vitt is out for six games and GM Mickey Loomis has also been suspended for half a season, while former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.

The players involved in the case have yet to be punished but, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Commissioner is expected to hand down those player punishments on Wednesday.

Jonathan Vilma is one player named in the bounty scandal after he allegedly offered up a $10,000 bounty before the 2010 NFC Championship game for whoever could knock Brett Favre out of the game. In that game, there were penalties for questionable hits on Favre.

Previous reports stated that Vilma was bracing for a 2-8 game suspension.

Roman Harper and Will Smith were also "featured prominently" in the league's investigation.

Complicating matters is that another Saints player, Scott Fujita, was also on the NFLPA's executive committee when the players were pushing for more safety measures in the latest CBA.

For more on New Orleans Saints, head over to the SB Nation blog Canal Street Chronicles. Also be sure to stay up to date with our ongoing StoryStream.

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