Players suspended for their roles in the Saints’ 2009-2011 Bounty Scandal have had their bans temporarily overturned on appeal. Saints DE Will Smith, MLB Jonathan Vilma, and Browns OLB Scott Fujita are now eligible to play football. Fujita has been reinstated to the Browns’ active roster after Friday’s appeals ruling in the Bounty case, and is eligible to play against the Eagles on Sunday. Smith is the Saints’ best pass rusher and will likely play Sunday against the Redskins. Vilma is dealing with a knee injury and is a serious PUP list candidate. Despite this victory, the reinstated players could end up suspended again if Roger Goodell issues the same punishments for conduct detrimental to the game.
Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera remains optimistic about the chances of RB Jonathan Stewart’s playing Sunday against the Buccaneers, despite his ankle sprain.
Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long is listed as probable for Week 1 after returning to full practice on Friday as he recovers from a sprained MCL.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (collarbone) has accepted he won’t play Monday night against the Raiders.
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is listed as doubtful for Week 1.