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New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51), seen here in a game from last season, is flying in to help stop Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson (27). Vilma was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished for participating in a pay-for-pain bounty system. But on Monday, Vilma appealed the ruling, saying he is innocent.

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Vilma appeals suspension

Jonathan Vilma appeals his season-long suspension by the NFL as the ringleader of the Saints’ bounty system.

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