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Suspended players in Saints bounty scandal win their appeal, eligible to play

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Four players suspended by the NFL for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have had their suspensions overturned after a three-member panel granted their appeals.

Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove are all eligible to play in games on Sunday, and two plan to do just that.

Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, plans to play in his team's home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Smith plans to play in the Saints' home game against the Redskins while Vilma will likely sit out as he recovers from a lingering knee injury.

Hargrove remains without a team as an unsigned free agent.

Critics were quick to point out that this was a temporary resolution to the matter, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell still has the authority to suspend the players, but not before the first game.

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