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Pat Shurmur: Fujita “a valued member” of Browns

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Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games by the NFL as a result of their bounty program investigation.

Fujita reportedly plans to appeal and there’s talk of further legal actions, so the Browns might not know whether or not they’ll have him in the lineup for a while yet. Coach Pat Shurmur released a brief statement on Wednesday about the suspensions.

“We will respect the Commissioner’s decision,” Shurmur said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “Scott is a valued member of the Cleveland Browns, and we look forward to his participation in our offseason program and training camp.”

The Browns got some experience playing without Fujita last season when a broken hand cost him the last five games. The Browns went with Chris Gocong, Kaluka Maiava and D’Qwell Jackson as their starting linebackers in Fujita’s absence. They could do the same thing this season, although they did draft James-Michael Johnson and Emmanuel Acho in the fourth and sixth-rounds, respectively.

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14 Responses to “Pat Shurmur: Fujita “a valued member” of Browns”
  1. vbe2 says: May 2, 2012 6:31 PM

    There’s a collective bargaining agreement, what “other” legal actions can be taken?

  2. jenniferxxx says: May 2, 2012 6:44 PM

    “There’s a collective bargaining agreement, what “other” legal actions can be taken?”

    They’ll search for some sort of technicality. That’s what the guilty always do.

  3. jluns275 says: May 2, 2012 6:57 PM

    It must really stink for other coaches to have to deal with the Taints player suspensions.

  4. purplegreenandgold says: May 2, 2012 7:01 PM

    jenniferxxx says:

    May 2, 2012 6:44 PM
    “There’s a collective bargaining agreement, what “other” legal actions can be taken?”

    They’ll search for some sort of technicality. That’s what the guilty always do.
    ===================================

    again you should know

  5. neauxgeaux44 says: May 2, 2012 7:04 PM

    Glad there are people like Jennifer in the world…otherwise, who would take my order at McDonald’s?

  6. drgreenstreak says: May 2, 2012 7:08 PM

    Scott Fujita is a two-faced, lying hypocrite. Why do you think Parcells sent him packing from Dallas? He’s a cancer. He says whatever sounds good to the listener and even sucked the players into believing he was worthy of representing them in the NFLPA.

    Personally, I believe Fujita should be losing a season. He would never play again, same as Vilma won’t play. They just aren’t that good. They lie to their fellow players. They are scum.

  7. lolb23 says: May 2, 2012 7:13 PM

    The browns suck how is anyone valuable on that team.

  8. brad1223 says: May 2, 2012 8:13 PM

    Lolb23, that may be true, but your statement was just as bad. It is funny when people criticize something so completely ignorantly. Is it a statement or a question? I think it was supposed to be both. When you ask how or why, it generally means it is a question. Those should be punctuated with a question mark. Go back to third grade, learn how to write a proper sentence, and then come back and make fun of a billion dollar organization. If you need me to use smaller words, I can do that for you. Good luck buddy!

  9. musicman495 says: May 2, 2012 8:43 PM

    vbe2 says: May 2, 2012 6:31 PM

    There’s a collective bargaining agreement, what “other” legal actions can be taken?
    —————————————
    F-e-d-e-r-a-l C-o-u-r-t.

  10. canuckinamerica says: May 2, 2012 9:07 PM

    “Scott is a valued member of the Cleveland Browns. And our chief bounty collector”.

  11. lolb23 says: May 2, 2012 9:37 PM

    Lolb23, Is it a statement or a question? I think it was supposed to be both. When you ask how or why, it generally means it is a question. Those should be punctuated with a question mark. Go back to third grade, learn how to write a proper sentence, and then come back and make fun of a billion dollar organization. If you need me to use smaller words, I can do that for you. Good luck buddy!
    ______________________________

    It’s called a rhetorical question, Brad. Look it up bone head.

  12. stevenfbrackett says: May 2, 2012 10:26 PM

    Have the Packers released Anthony Hargrove yet? Since he will be gone half the year and the Packers take character a lot more seriously than many teams, I have a very hard time seeing him staying on the team.

  13. timb289 says: May 3, 2012 6:45 AM

    Honestly its not a huge loss really. Look at his play when he is healthy, which isnt very often. I dont know what he has left as far as contract, but I would consider letting him go anyway. Not because of the bounty problem, but because he isnt really reliable. OLD and broke down sums it up.

  14. deathtoromo says: May 3, 2012 7:36 AM

    So this guy is a member of the unions executive commitee and put money into the pot to injure other union members…… Good union.

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