Scott Fujita is right about playing next week, and here’s why

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Browns linebacker Scott Fujita raised some eyebrows on Tuesday with a declaration of optimism about facing the Eagles in Week One, despite a three-game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal.

After further consideration, Fujita is right.

I explained during Wednesday’s PFT Live, the legal logistics and league-rule niceties that currently point to all suspended players (except defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who was cut by the Packers last week) playing their games for at least the first week of the 2012 season, and possibly beyond.

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18 responses to “Scott Fujita is right about playing next week, and here’s why

  1. I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but, Dennis Quaid (albeit somewhat older) is certain to get the Scott Fujita role in the upcoming Saints scandal movie.

  2. All Saints players should be playing week 1 AND for every other game this season.
    They did nothing wrong except play hard. If the Saints miss any games because there was some extra cash available to them for playing hard, then 25% of DIV-I football program players should be suspended too.

    If the Saints are suspended for playing hard and hitting hard and received a small award(alledgedly) for it, then most D-I football programs should lose the players that are awarded helmet stickers.

  3. Yeah, that’s a good thing for all the players. Play in the beginning of the season, then, when your team is in the playoff hunt (or maybe the playoffs) out you go for your suspensions. Way to screw your teams for your own selfishness guys!!

    BTW, if Vilma is ultimatley suspended for 16 games and plays/is on a roster, that suspension goes into next year right? And he misses all the camps next year right? So he comes back, with no minicamps, OTAs, or training camp after not playing or practicing for a year. Good luck with that

  4. Mike, I hope you and Scott Fujita are right on the optimisum. Not just because I know for sure that Fujita, and likely the others, did NOTHING to warrant the suspensions but the total lack of fairness and the arrogance shown by the NFL is the main reason. Just because you have the ability to drop a bomb on someone because of the CBA does not mean it shoud be done in such an abusive manner…..The NFL deserves to have this be a thorn in their side!

  5. I have about as good a chance scoring with (insert name of your favorite “hottie” here) as Fujita and the rest of the suspended bountygate players have of playing in the NFL next week.

    I’m 58, average looks, 10 pound overweight and I’m not a millionaire.

    But I do drive a 1964 GTO, so there is a chance…

  6. Somehow I don’t think that Shady McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Trent Cole and Jason Babin are really going to care whether or not Fujita plays. It’s going to be ugly, Cleveland fans!

  7. If the Judge does step up and do the right thing and give these players the “due process” they DESERVE, it would be hard not to have the feeling that the bully just got confronted by someone with the power to fight back…..
    A bully really only wants to hit someone that he thinks is not strong enought to fight back.

  8. gtodriver says: Aug 29, 2012 7:01 PM

    I have about as good a chance scoring with (insert name of your favorite “hottie” here) as Fujita and the rest of the suspended bountygate players have of playing in the NFL next week.

    I’m 58, average looks, 10 pound overweight and I’m not a millionaire.

    But I do drive a 1964 GTO, so there is a chance…
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    sorry but “NO”

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