Gregg Williams’s affidavit implicates Jonathan Vilma
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The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.
Vilma met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting.
‘‘What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided,’’ Ginsberg said.
‘‘I don’t know what Gregg Williams’s motives are, but I do know that any suggestion by Williams that Jonathan put up $10,000 as an incentive for his teammates to injure another player is absolutely false.’’
Vilma tweeted Monday night that Williams was ‘‘bullied to sign the affidavit,’’ saying Williams signed it Friday.
Williams is now with St. Louis, though he has been suspended indefinitely. An associate of his said Williams did not want to talk to the media.
Vilma, who denied in court that he offered money in exchange for injuring the former Vikings quarterback, was one of four players suspended by Goodell in the bounty scandal.
‘‘Today everyone was afforded an opportunity to start over,’’ Vilma said outside the NFL’s Park Avenue offices more than three hours after he went in. ‘‘It was in our best interest to meet today. We spoke truthfully, honestly, bluntly.’’
An appeals panel earlier this month said Goodell must clarify his rulings to ensure no part of his decisions was based on salary cap violations. That would be the jurisdiction of special master Stephen Burbank.
Goodell must show that the basis for the discipline was inappropriate conduct — such as intent to injure — rather than any secret monetary compensation. In that case, he has full authority to impose the suspensions.
Players and coaches implicated in the bounty pool have testified under oath in a related federal court case they never intended to injure opposing players.
New Orleans defensive end Will Smith (four games), Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (three), and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove (eight) are expected to have their meeting Tuesday.
The early glow from Robert Griffin III’s fast start faded quickly for the Redskins Monday when defensive starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker were declared out for the season.
Orakpo, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, tore the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder, and defensive end Carriker tore the quad tendon in his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The injuries rob two players from a team that has allowed 63 points and more than 800 yards in its first two games, tempering the early promise the Redskins (1-1) have shown with rookie quarterback Griffin.
‘‘It’s an opportunity for somebody else now,’’ linebacker London Fletcher said. ‘‘We’re a no-excuse football team.’’
Orakpo had surgery on the same shoulder after suffering a tear in the final game last season, then damaged some scar tissue in the shoulder during the preseason.
Coach Mike Shanahan said the latest tear is in a different part of the muscle. Orakpo will have surgery and require four months of recovery time.
Carriker was hurt on the Rams’ second offensive play and did not return. The five-year veteran will require five months of rehabilitation after his surgery.
Rex Ryan is unsure if he’ll have star cornerback Darrelle Revis back in the New York Jets’ secondary when the team plays at Miami on Sunday.
Ryan said Monday he doesn’t think ‘‘you can assume’’ Revis will be ready to go against the Dolphins after suffering what the Jets called a ‘‘mild concussion’’ in the season opener against Buffalo. Revis sat out the Jets’ 27-10 loss to the Steelers after he was not cleared for contact before the team traveled to Pittsburgh.
Ryan says Revis must pass the required tests, but adds that he ‘‘looks to be doing well, so hopefully he will be playing.’’
‘‘I’m going through the tests and things’’ Revis said Monday, ‘‘and doing what I need to get back and help my team.’’
The Jets coach had no immediate injury updates on fullback John Conner (right knee), tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring), or linebacker Bryan Thomas (hamstring).
Schiano not sorry
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano didn’t break any NFL kneel-down rules and still isn’t apologizing for his aggressive tactics of going after the Giants when they were lined up in victory formation. The first-year Tampa Bay coach said Monday ‘‘it’s a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play.’’ Schiano says some people disagree with that, adding, ‘‘That’s certainly what makes the world go round. Everybody has opinions.’’ The coach instructed his defensive linemen to plow into the Giants’ offensive line with Eli Manning lined up in victory formation and sparked a debate on whether the Bucs crossed the line when it comes to kneel-down etiquette. Giants coach Tom Coughlin yelled at Schiano after the game. The NFL said the Bucs didn’t break any league rules and doesn’t plan to take any action against Schiano or the team . . . Bears cornerback D.J. Moore said quarterback Jay Cutler was “wrong’’ to scream at and bump offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb during last Thursday’s loss to the Packers. Webb had trouble blocking Clay Matthews, who registered 3½ sacks . . . Bills safety Jairus Byrd is wearing a protective boot to nurse a swollen right foot but is not expected to miss any playing time . . . Eagles center Jason Kelce will miss at least 4-6 weeks because of a torn knee ligament, and it’s possible he could face season-ending surgery. Kelce injured his right knee in Philadelphia’s 24-23 win over Baltimore on Sunday. An MRI on Monday revealed he tore his medial collateral ligament and has a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament . . . Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles dinged up the same knee that needed reconstructive surgery last season during Sunday’s 35-17 loss to the Bills. Charles, who tore his left ACL in Week 2, carried only six times for 3 yards against the Bills. He could be seen riding a bike on the sideline and asking to play the rest of the game. Coach Romeo Crennel said he expects Charles to be ready for Sunday’s game at New Orleans . . . Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold will be out at least a month with a third-degree MCL sprain and other damage to his knee, but it is not a season-ending injury according to coach Jeff Fisher.