NEW YORK — The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.
Vilma met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting.
“What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided,” Ginsberg said.
“I don’t know what Gregg Williams’ motives are, but I do know that any suggestion by Williams that Jonathan put up $10,000 as an incentive for his teammates to injure another player is absolutely false.”
Vilma tweeted on Monday night that Williams was “bullied to sign the affidavit,” saying Williams signed it on Friday.
Williams is now with St. Louis, though he has been suspended indefinitely. An associate of his said Williams did not want to talk to the media.
Vilma, who denied in court that he offered money in exchange for injuring the former Vikings quarterback, was one of four players suspended by Goodell in the bounty scandal.
REDSKINS: Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker are out for the season with injuries.
Orakpo tore the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder, and Carriker tore the quad tendon in his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-28 loss to St. Louis.
The injuries rob two players from a team that has allowed 63 points and more than 800 yards in its first two games.
TAMPA BAY: The NFL says coach Greg Schiano didn’t break any NFL kneel-down rules in Sunday’s game, and he still isn’t apologizing for going after the New York Giants when they were lined up in victory formation.
“To me it’s a clean, hard, tough, finish-the-game play,” Schiano said Monday.
The coach instructed his defensive lineman to plow into the Giants’ offensive line.
PATRIOTS: Coach Bill Belichick says he doesn’t know how long tight end Aaron Hernandez will be sidelined with a right ankle injury.
ESPN.com reported that Hernandez would not play Sunday night at Baltimore and that, he likely will not return until October at the earliest.
JETS: All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is recovering from the concussion that sidelined him Sunday, but he isn’t sure he’ll be back for the team’s next game at Miami.