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Scott Fujita returns to Browns’ active roster

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Friday’s ruling by an appeals panel overturning the suspensions of the four players suspended as part of the Saints bounty probe means many things, but, most immediately, it means the four players are eligible to play this weekend.

Anthony Hargrove doesn’t have a team at the moment and Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is recovering from knee problems, so we don’t anticipate seeing either one of them on the field. Saints defensive end Will Smith is expected to play against the Redskins and Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is now eligible to play as well after the Browns put him back on the active roster Friday.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that a Browns spokesman announced that the team received a roster exemption for Fujita. That allows the Browns to carry 54 men, so no one had to get cut right now to make room for Fujita. Long before Friday’s decision, Fujita insisted that he would play against the Eagles and it sounds like that would be fine with coach Pat Shurmur even though Fujita didn’t practice at all this week.

“We’ve got up until right before game time to put the roster together, but I don’t see any reason why he can’t play,” Shurmur said.

The only big reason disappeared on Friday so there’s a good chance we’ll see Fujita on Sunday.

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22 Responses to “Scott Fujita returns to Browns’ active roster”
  1. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 7, 2012 5:51 PM

    If Roger would stick to his decisions this wouldn’t be happening.

  2. bullwnkl985 says: Sep 7, 2012 5:55 PM

    The Saints put Fujita back on the active roster? How do the Browns feel about that?

  3. nineroutsider says: Sep 7, 2012 5:57 PM

    Well consider the team saved then…

  4. cags777 says: Sep 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    Word of advice to Scott Fujita: Don’t go back and sue the NFL if you wind up getting hurt from an opposing player performing a bounty on you. After all, it’s all a part of the game, right?

  5. nitty32 says: Sep 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    Great for browns fans ,cuz ur going to need it come Sunday ….

  6. txxxchief says: Sep 7, 2012 6:22 PM

    Remember golden Kool Aid drinkers, the suspensions were lifted on a “jurisdictional” basis. There was no finding of innocence. Hate away, but those are the facts.

  7. cbass59 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:07 PM

    The browns will still go 4-12 and miss out on Barkley.

  8. cbass59 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:11 PM

    Fajita returning will close the score against Philly to a 38-9 loss.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:29 PM

    He’ll always be known as Scott Fucheata even if he does get off on a technicality

  10. cbass59 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:30 PM

    So now the browns will only lose to Philly by 31.

  11. pobreezy says: Sep 7, 2012 7:59 PM

    Fujita always has been against Goodell about player safety. He has consistently been very vocal about Goodell’s disregard for players with the extension to 18 games, concussion awareness, etc…
    In the appeals he was charged with putting money in a general pool that rewarded for big plays, though it was also made clear other players allegedly put in more money than him and were not suspended at all.
    It definitely makes me wonder what reason they had to single him out as a major contributor to a pfp pool when, according to their “ledger”, others put in more money.
    Anyone want to tell me there wasn’t anything strange about the suspensions?

  12. mrobinson14 says: Sep 7, 2012 8:08 PM

    This game is gonna be close… Just watch.

  13. jackericsson says: Sep 7, 2012 8:35 PM

    Fujita is still being punished…he’s playing for the Clowns.

  14. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    What a shame they let them back, after trying to intentionally hurt people. I guess if OJ could get away with it, why not the Saints.

  15. purplegreenandgold says: Sep 7, 2012 9:32 PM

    cmdrsmooth says: Sep 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    What a shame they let them back, after trying to intentionally hurt people. I guess if OJ could get away with it, why not the Saints.
    ======================================first not a Browns fan but had comment that OJ didnt try to hurt anyone… he murdered someone. if you are trying to make a point… poor choice.

  16. bobonmycob says: Sep 7, 2012 9:45 PM

    Browns are doomed either way

  17. showmeram says: Sep 7, 2012 9:48 PM

    Good luck on suing the NFL for brain injuries.

  18. brownoholic says: Sep 7, 2012 9:48 PM

    As if I needed further proof that my Brownies are far from being good. Dude proved to be too old and slow LAST season. Non-factor . . .

  19. drgreenstreak says: Sep 7, 2012 9:57 PM

    Scotty Burritto is a lame linebacker with a big mouth.

  20. thetooloftools says: Sep 7, 2012 10:02 PM

    This is a game changer for my Browns.
    Now they will only lose by 17.

  21. hitdog042 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:38 AM

    chicken fujita is back? and this is great news for the Browns? he will make a difference? no. he won’t. best on Brown’s. backup everywhere else

  22. mancave001 says: Sep 8, 2012 10:10 AM

    In Cleveland baby! Gonna watch the Factory of Sadness in all its glory. FLY EAGLES, FLY!!!!!

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