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New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma told WVUE-TV that he will be coming off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, and may play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vilma, who is currently appealing his season-long suspension stemming from the bounty scandal, said this:

“I’ll be allowed to practice, I’ll be allowed to play”

The nine-year veteran was placed on the PUP list Week 2 with a knee injury after having his suspension vacated by a three-person panel. On the season, the Saints defense ranks last in the NFL in yards per game, allowing 456.0.

When an appeals panel ruled in favor of the four players involved in the Saints bounty debacle that won’t reach some kind of finality for at least another seven years, the result was a case file given back to Roger Goodell, and he was then tasked with handing out more fitting penalties.

Now his next ruling has been issued, and it looks nearly the same as his first ruling. Just die, offseason of 2012.

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The ongoing drama between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is well documented. Goodell suspended Vilma for the entire season as part of the Saints bountygate scandal, and Vilma in turn sued Goodell for defamation of character. Then last week a U.S. district judge said “If I can find a way to legally do it, I will rule in Vilma’s favor”.

Now Vilma is dropping the hammer. He’s denying Goodell one of his basic rights as an American citizen: his right to gorge on as much delicious BBQ as possible.

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Earlier this week, the NFL allegedly offered a settlement, or at least offered to discuss a settlement with New Orleans Saints Linebacker Jonathan Vilma in regards to his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell. Based on what transpired on Friday, maybe the league should have started discussing a settlement sooner.

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Slowly, ever so slowly, we’re reaching the point where the players who were allegedly involved in the Saints’ (umm, alleged) bounties will be left to do little more than shrug their shoulders, and accept their fate. That started today, when settlement talks broke down between the league and Jonathan Vilma, who was the mob boss of sorts among the four players who have been punished.

A hearing is still scheduled for tomorrow regarding Vilma’s request for a temporary restraining order that will allow him to work until all legal proceedings are complete, which includes his defamation suit against Roger Goodell. The settlement talks were of the court-ordered variety, and when two adversaries — which is what Vilma and the league have become — are forced to speak in a legal setting, the animosity is often overpowering, and the league likely had little desire to negotiate.

That’s what a source told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche, who was the first to report the absence of a settlement:

The league never formally offered Vilma a reduction in his suspension in an effort to end this portion of the bounty scandal, the NFL and another source familiar with the settlement talks said.

In addition to his defamation suit, Vilma has also filed a motion asking for his year-long suspension to be overturned. Both decisions will creep along slowly, as is the nature of the legal system, but tomorrow a judge could rule on whether or not Vilma can return to practice and preseason games as a final decision on his legal claims is pondered.

The other three players who were punished (Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Scott Fujita) have had motions filed on their behalf by the players’ union, and those proceedings will begin after the preseason schedule is completed.

Meanwhile, we’ll all return to caring far more about football games that are meaningless.

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