The NFL Players Association has filed a
grievance challenging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend four current and former New Orleans players who took part
in the Saints' bounty program from 2009-11.
The complaint claims that conduct before the new collective bargaining agreement was signed last August is not subject to discipline by the NFL. It says only a CBA system arbitrator, not Goodell, should be able to punish players under such circumstances.
On Wednesday, Goodell suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season; defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with Green
Bay, for eight games; defensive end Will Smith, for four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, for three games.