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Scott Fujita’s season definitely over, career possibly over

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The Browns have placed linebacker Scott Fujita on injured reserve, ending his season. It is unclear whether this will also end his career.

The 33-year-old Fujita has a neck injury that is reportedly career threatening, and the decision to place him on season-ending injured reserve suggests that the Browns don’t expect him to recover any time soon. Browns coach Pat Shurmur confirmed today that Fujita’s season is over, but said he doesn’t know if Fujita plans to retire.

A fifth-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2002, Fujita played three seasons in Kansas City, one in Dallas, four in New Orleans and three in Cleveland. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Saints after the 2009 season.

Fujita is currently embroiled in a fight with the NFL over his suspension as a result of the league’s bounty investigation. If Fujita’s career is over, the suspension itself would become moot, although from all indications Fujita plans to continue fighting what he sees as an unfair punishment that has tarnished his reputation.

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43 Responses to “Scott Fujita’s season definitely over, career possibly over”
  1. nflhof says: Oct 24, 2012 12:34 PM

    Good player who played hard sorry to hear this news. Hope he gets better quickly.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 24, 2012 12:36 PM

    Talk about a man of principle. It’s obviously not about missing games if he’s willing to fight it when he’s going to miss games anyway. Shows he values his reputation and integrity.

  3. ripster65 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:36 PM

    Well isn’t that just a shame.

  4. daysend564 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:40 PM

    Goodell: We’ve now decided to lift the suspension on Scott Fujita.

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 24, 2012 12:41 PM

    Karma is a beautiful thing!

  6. hoopieguy says: Oct 24, 2012 12:41 PM

    As a Browns fan, I hope his neck’s ok, But I could care less about losing him for the team. He was a non factor, a distraction, and his back-up is playing better. Let him go sign a one-day with N.O. and retire……………….

  7. kattykathy says: Oct 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    It’s not just Fujita that sees an unfair punishment. Anybody that can think for themselves, is not gullible and easily manipluated, and is not attracted to Goodell can see the punishments as a sham

  8. everyonethinksitimsayingit says: Oct 24, 2012 12:45 PM

    Let me fix that for you:
    He earned a Super Bowl Ring* with the Saints after the 2009 season.

  9. SeenThisB4 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    A quality player and a quality person. Good luck to him, hope it’s not a career ending injury.

  10. conormacleod says: Oct 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    There goes the Browns hopes at the Superbowl!

  11. conormacleod says: Oct 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    Must be Rodger Goodells fault.

  12. r0b1b0y says: Oct 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    great all around good guy, hate to see this, hate even more that Goodell sucked him into this trumped up bounty stuff

  13. greglloydrules says: Oct 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    I’ve always liked Fujita. Competitor. Hard worker.

  14. realnflmaster says: Oct 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Good

  15. jdawg111 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    Quality Person? A guy who was involved with a bounty program and head hunting who won’t take the punishment like a man and move on?

    its funny how the coaches admitted to making the mistake of the bounty program and not stopping it, yet the players won’t take the same responsiblity for partaking in it and just move on.

    They keep fighting it full well knowing they are guilty of it. Just take your lumps like a man.

    Quality individual my rear end.. you guys make me laugh… A quality individual would stand up, say he’s sorry for partaking in it and apologize.

  16. reesesteel23 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    Karma had a bounty on that Neck.

  17. vikesfansteve says: Oct 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    You mean the refs handed him a Super Bowl ring on a silver platter in NO. They didn’t earn anything.

  18. greenbay4ever says: Oct 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    The guy is a bum and I am hope he never plays again. I completely believe he was in on the bounty just like I believe Drew Breese had full knowledge.

    His concern is all for show.

  19. ldfontenot says: Oct 24, 2012 1:11 PM

    When all was said and done with the Fujita investigation here is what Roger Goodell determined: he did not contribute to the pay for performance pool, nor did he profit in any way from the pay for performance pool, but he didn’t tell his boss to stop it. In the meantime, he’s served as a representative for the NFLPA to the NFL. Yeah, he’s a real, real bad guy, as evidenced by the overwhelming support he’s received from his fellow players in the NFL. And for those of you who scream that the players aren’t behind him nearly 100% Goodell has more kool air for you.

  20. footballfan58 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:16 PM

    I don’t like to see injuries happen to anyone and I wish Scott a complete and speedy recovery. I also can’t help but think what goes around, comes around.

  21. duece5 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:21 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation!

  22. thejohnsmith1122 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:31 PM

    Talk about a man of principle. It’s obviously not about missing games if he’s willing to fight it when he’s going to miss games anyway. Shows he values his reputation and integrity.

    ==========================

    Lance Armstrong was also a man of principle. He also tried to uphold his reputation and integrity. They all are just prolonging the inevitable.

  23. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Oct 24, 2012 1:40 PM

    it would be an ironic and fitting way for this guy’s career to end on such a note. i’d say i feel sorry for the guy, but before i can get that sentence out, i can still picture him diving at steve smith’s knees.

  24. coltzfan166 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:40 PM

    @ kathykatty

    You know I could just reverse it on you and say you’re easily manipulated by the players lies, right? What makes you think they aren’t lying?

    I have to believe that if players are willing to pay each other to injure opponents that they’d be willing to lie about it too.

  25. achilles920 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:41 PM

    This dude is a smart man. He should go into politics and judging by his pro-Union stance, he’s most likely a Democrat so that’s great for our side :)

  26. cjmcbragg says: Oct 24, 2012 2:13 PM

    let me fix that for you:
    Tracey Porter caught an interception* against bret Favre
    and then he caught another interception* against Peyton Manning to win the superbowl!!!

  27. bunjy96 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:18 PM

    He’d fit right in with all the lies coming out of DC, especially the last 5 weeks.

  28. 49ersgiants4life says: Oct 24, 2012 2:19 PM

    I haven’t seen any hard evidence that their was a bounty system eye witness testimony is the least credible evidence anyone can have if you took the most basic psychology you would know that if all these people that know there was a bounty can tell me where they saw the hard evidence and not Goodell and the media’s take on it I would love to see it

  29. musicman495 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:26 PM

    vikesfansteve says: Oct 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    You mean the refs handed him a Super Bowl ring on a silver platter in NO. They didn’t earn anything.
    ——————————
    Actually, the NFC Championship was handed to them more by Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre, but that is so much harder to admit, isn’t it?

    At this point, perhaps Viking fans in denial should consider professional help.

  30. ralphiepower says: Oct 24, 2012 2:35 PM

    his career was over 2 years ago. Now he can concentrate on supporting gay marriage!

  31. mazblast says: Oct 24, 2012 2:45 PM

    its funny how the coaches admitted to making the mistake of the bounty program and not stopping it, yet the players won’t take the same responsiblity for partaking in it and just move on.
    ————————————-
    for the umpteenth time–

    The coaches have no choice but to accept whatever punishment The Almighty Goodell dishes out. They have no union and no collective bargaining agreement with the league. If they did not “accept” their punishments, he would just suspend them indefinitely.

    This also makes whatever statement Gregg Williams is alleged to have made to the league suspect. If he makes the statement Goodell wants, he may get back in the league (although it brings up the question of what players would want to play for a man who sold out his guys); if he does not, Goodell can suspend him for as long as he wants.

  32. thejohnsmith1122 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:46 PM

    49ersgiants4life says:
    Oct 24, 2012 2:19 PM
    I haven’t seen any hard evidence that their was a bounty system eye witness testimony is the least credible evidence anyone can have if you took the most basic psychology you would know that if all these people that know there was a bounty can tell me where they saw the hard evidence and not Goodell and the media’s take on it I would love to see it

    ================================

    This isn’t a “eye witness”, as in witnessing a crime and seeing the suspect for just a split second. These are his team mates and coaches, who signed affadavits stating they KNOW he participated in a pay for injury system. How much hard evidence do you need? Detailed receipts or check stubs stating ‘payment to player ABC for injuring XYZ’? Umm…sure.

  33. bathroomben7 says: Oct 24, 2012 3:27 PM

    This guy got his comeuppance. Even before the bounty scandal I thought this guy was a dirty player (remember him diving at Steve Smith’s knee?) and an idiot loudmouth. I hope someone put a bounty on his neck. Good riddance.

  34. vikesfansteve says: Oct 24, 2012 3:53 PM

    The refs calls changed the game. No flag on the high/low hit that resulted in an int and should have put the Vikings in the red zone and points. That was the game right there. But then 3 bad calls in OT sealed it. Dropped pass called a catch, stopped short on first down and fumbled behind the line but given a first and the phantom PI. Game, set, match served on a silver platter so once again the Saints didn’t earn anything the refs handed them the win. Everyone with eyes knows it. 2009 Saints Tainted title.

  35. purplegreenandgold says: Oct 24, 2012 4:24 PM

    vikesfansteve says: Oct 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    You mean the refs handed him a Super Bowl ring on a silver platter in NO. They didn’t earn anything.
    ======================================
    vikesfansteve now back then mrsteve or was it as others said mrs teve
    1. 5 turnovers
    2. 12 men in huddle penalty(on final drive)
    3. 20 mil quarterback throw an interception his pop warner coach instruct you not to throw

    for you to justify the Saints victory in your mind you should say the vikes AND the refs handed the victory to the SAINTS

  36. kingpel says: Oct 24, 2012 4:25 PM

    How long before this clown joins the lawsuit issued by former players concerning player safety and health. Character? Yeah, he is a character alright.

  37. tindeaux says: Oct 24, 2012 4:31 PM

    sounds like he did something worse than the bounty case and afraid that goodwell will find out. quit when you’re ahead???

  38. mdd913 says: Oct 24, 2012 4:40 PM

    thejohnsmith1122 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:46 PM

    This isn’t a “eye witness”, as in witnessing a crime and seeing the suspect for just a split second. These are his team mates and coaches, who signed affadavits stating they KNOW he participated in a pay for injury system.

    ————————————————————-

    You are lying.

    No Saints player or coach has EVER admitted to anything other than a pay-for-performance program. Not even Gregg Williams.

  39. hor2012 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:04 PM

    Do all of you Vikings fans who post that we robbed you and that’s why you lost the game feel free to add us to the long list of teams that have wronged you ie: Miami, Pitt, Oak, and KC. Oh, I don’t want to forget Dallas in the NFC championship game or the Falcons. It seems like your entire history is based on being victimized one way or another.

    For the rest of you who think that our Super Bowl win deserves a * We’ll gladly accept the * and The Super Bowl title that came with it.

  40. vikefanman2000 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:17 PM

    hor2012 says:
    Oct 24, 2012 5:04 PM
    Do all of you Vikings fans who post that we robbed you and that’s why you lost the game feel free to add us to the long list of teams that have wronged you ie: Miami, Pitt, Oak, and KC. Oh, I don’t want to forget Dallas in the NFC championship game or the Falcons. It seems like your entire history is based on being victimized one way or another.

    For the rest of you who think that our Super Bowl win deserves a * We’ll gladly accept the * and The Super Bowl title that came with it.

    ***************************************

    Never in our history did we wear damn bags over our heads loser!

  41. thejohnsmith1122 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:30 PM

    You are lying.

    No Saints player or coach has EVER admitted to anything other than a pay-for-performance program. Not even Gregg Williams.

    ===========================

    You are lying…to yourself if you believe Goodell is handing out these suspensions without evidence. Whether he wants to reveal any evidence to the pubic or not is a different story.

  42. djaehne says: Oct 24, 2012 7:03 PM

    No worries, just get with Vilma, I’m sure he has a lawyer that can sue someone for something that caused your season and or carrier to end.

  43. hor2012 says: Oct 24, 2012 8:52 PM

    vikefanman2000

    Somebody sounds like they’re upset. Yes, we wore bags but never during that 1 and 15 season did we say we were robbed. And, the funny thing about all of this is because the Saints were so bad for so many years I had to find another team to root for during the playoffs and it was the Vikings. At lest I can say I respect the fact that you responded but at the end of the day we have a Superbowl Championship * or not and you don’t have one

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