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Smith, Hargrove visit NFL for talks on bounties

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the Saints bounty scandal and Scott Fujita's meeting was postponed.

Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee which he hurt during the preseason and couldn't come to New York, the NFLPA said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices around 4 p.m. EDT, about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did not make themselves available to reporters.

Fujita requested a video conference but the league rejected that idea. NFL officials wanted face-to-face meetings and plan to reschedule a session with the linebacker.

Fujita did not play in the season opener against Philadelphia because his suspension was only lifted two days before the game, and he wasn't able to practice on his knee, which he injured during an exhibition game against Detroit.

The 33-year-old made his season debut for Cleveland on Sunday. He started at strongside linebacker and was credited with four tackles in 36 plays during the Browns' 34-27 loss to the Bengals.

The players had to meet with Goodell after the suspensions he placed on them were lifted by an appeals panel. Fujita, Smith, Hargrove and Jonathan Vilma were penalized by Goodell for their roles in the New Orleans bounty program, which ran from 2009-11.

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