Bounty suspensions appealed.NEW ORLEANS (AP) - All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do not believe he can be impartial.
One of the people also says New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending. The people spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the appeals were filed as private documents with the league
Vilma is suspended for the season, while Saints defensive end Will Smith is suspended four games, free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove seven games and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita one game.
UNDATED (AP) - The New York Jets are placing Darrelle Revis on season-ending injured reserve, a few weeks after coach Rex Ryan said the team would wait until after surgery in case the star cornerback could return in time to play in the Super Bowl.
Ryan says that Revis will have surgery next week to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered almost three weeks ago at Miami. With safety Eric Smith being sidelined by a knee injury this week, Ryan says the Jets need the roster spot that was being occupied by Revis.
- Robert Griffin III took part in the Washington Redskins' full practice for the first time this week and appears set to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin was full-go after being limited Wednesday and Thursday while recovering from a concussion suffered in last week's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
- Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen is planning to travel with the Vikings to Washington and play in Sunday's game following the unexpected death of his mother, saying that is what she would have wanted. Griffen returned to practice on Friday after missing the day before. He learned on Wednesday of the death of his mother, Sabrina Scott, who'd been in town visiting him.
- San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh has slammed comments by Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about 49ers defensive end Justin Smith as "outrageous" and "incendiary." Gilbride says Smith does a good job of grabbing offensive lineman and not getting called for it.
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