American Football - RPT-NFL-Players in Saints' bounty scheme get bans overturned

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Dec 11 (Reuters) - The suspensions handed to four players for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal were overturned, according to a ruling announced by a National Football League (NFL) spokesman on Tuesday.

Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove were initially suspended in May when the NFL identified them as having leadership roles in a program where players were given cash rewards for knocking opponents out of games from 2009-2011. (Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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