The NFL continued doling out punishment for the New Orleans Saints bounty program on Wednesday, suspending linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his role in the team's pay-for-hits system.
Defensive end Will Smith will sit out four games.
Anthony Hargrove, a former Saints defensive end who signed with the Green Bay Packers in March, was given an eight-game suspension. Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games.
The NFL found that Vilma offered $10,000 of his own money to any team member who knocked Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of 2009 playoff games.
This is obviously a blow to the Saints defense and with all the changes amongst the coaching staff, they look like a unit to target in 2012.