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Saints' Roman Harper And Will Smith 'Featured Prominently' In Bounty Investigation

The New Orleans Saints coaches and front office staff have been penalized for their roles in the bounty situation, but now the NFL is going to begin investigating the actual players involved. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is bracing for a suspension and was the only player named, but according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, two other Saints players may be facing harsh penalties.

Harper and Smith were probed in depth and could end up facing more severe discipline than the majority of the players whom the league believes were active in the program. The NFL's report indicated 22 to 27 players were involved during the three years the Saints' defense was investigated.

Safety Roman Harper and defensive end Will Smith could find themselves with Vilma in being suspended. Not only will the Saints be without a portion of their coaching staff, but it looks like it's possible the Saints could also be without at least three of their starting defensive players for a portion of the season.

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