Suspensions remain the same for Vilma and Smith but were reduced for Hargrove and Fujita
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down revised penalties to two of the four current and former Saints players suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.
The penalties for current Saints players Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith remain unchanged, but those for two ex-Saints have been modified.
Vilma will be out for the season and Smith will be suspended for 4 games.
The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games, while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita is now docked one game, down from three.
Only Smith and Fujita have played this season since an appeal panel created by the NFL's labor agreement vacated the original suspensions on technical grounds and told Goodell he needed to clarify the basis of the punishment.
Vilma has been rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery.
The players also can delay the suspensions by appealing again.
The NFL Players Association says it intends to review the decision "thoroughly."
"For more than six months, the NFL has ignored the facts, abused the process outlined in our collective bargaining agreement, and failed to produce any evidence that the players intended to injure anyone, ever. The only evidence that exists is the league's gross violation of fair due process, transparency and impartiality during this process. Truth and fairness have been the casualties of the league's refusal to admit that it might have made a mistake," the NFLPA said in a statement.
(With assistance from the Associated Press)