Ed Werder reports that Vilma wants to meet with the commissioner despite walking out of an earlier appeals meeting at which Goodell was present. Although Vilma is reinstated, Goodell is still allowed to hand out a punishment based on guidelines set in a ruling that overturned the initial suspensions.
Vilma lawyer: "We hope the Commissioner keeps an open mind and doesn't feel restricted by his previous and clearly erroneous conclusions.''— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 11, 2012
Over the course of the bounty case, Vilma and Goodell have gotten to know each other a little bit by proxy. First, Goodell suspended Vilma for the 2012 season, then Vilma not only appealed the suspension, but also sued Goodell on 11 counts of defamation. The NFL demanded Vilma drop the suit, then reportedly offered to cut Vilma's suspension in half should he drop the lawsuit, and now, after the players' appeal was successful, Vilma's suspension is no more for the time being, although he's on the physically unable to play list.