IRVING, Texas – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he fundamentally disagrees with former league boss Paul Tagliabue’s decision not to discipline players in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.
Speaking after an owners meeting Wednesday, Goodell said he respected his predecessor’s decision to vacate a yearlong suspension of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and shorter bans for three other current and former Saints players. But Goodell said the players deserved to be punished.
Also, former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said at an appeals hearing in the Saints’ bounty case that he tried to shut down the team’s pay-for-pain system when the NFL began investigating but was overruled by current Saints coach Joe Vitt, according to transcripts of the session that were obtained by The Associated Press.
And Vilma asked a federal judge to allow him to move forward with his defamation case against Goodell.
Cowboys end Brent’s season
Josh Brent was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list by Dallas, a move that ends his season but allows the defensive tackle to remain with the team.
The move came a day after a memorial service for practice squad player Jerry Brown, Brent’s close friend who was killed in a car accident when police say Brent was driving drunk.
Around the league
Green Bay’s Charles Woodson (collarbone) won’t be back for Sunday’s game against Chicago. Detroit put defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) on injured reserve. Arizona put Kevin Kolb (rib) on injured reserve and named rookie Ryan Lindley its starting quarterback.
Philadelphia’s Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy (concussions) were ruled out for tonight’s game against Cincinnati. Washington’s Robert Griffin III (knee) practiced and said he could play against Cleveland. Dallas’ Dez Bryant (finger) saw another doctor to help determine if he can play the rest of this season. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) hasn’t been ruled out to play against Atlanta. NFL officiating chief Carl Johnson will return to the field next year as the league’s first full-time game official.