All four players associated with the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have had their suspensions overturned by a three-man arbitration panel, NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said.
Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove should all be eligible to start the season, though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can go back and suspend the players if he proves there was an intent to injure, according to NFL.com.
"Victory is mine!!!! -stewie griffin," Vilma tweeted Friday afternoon, quoting The Family Guy.
The decision by the three-person panel affects only the players, not suspended coaches Gregg Williams, Sean Payton and Joe Vitt.
The NFL Players Association and the four players had claimed in lawsuits that Goodell abused his power and followed improper procedures in meting out discipline for a program that NFL investigators determined paid improper cash bonuses for tackles that injured opponents.
The lawsuits asked for the punishments to be thrown out.
Players suspended in Saints bounty scandal win appeal
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