Goodell, Saints' Vilma to meet Monday

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Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will meet Monday to discuss the suspension.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will meet Monday to discuss the suspension.

NFL com­missioner Roger Goodell will meet Monday with New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to discuss Vilma’s suspension that was temporarily lifted last week.

A person familiar with the plans tells The Associated Press that Vilma will be in New York to present his case in the Saints’ bounties scandal for which he was suspended for the 2012 season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting has not been announced.

Vilma and three other players were suspended, but an appeals panel ruled last Friday that Goodell must clarify his earlier rulings to ensure no part of his decisions was based on salary cap violations.

Goodell still could reinstate the suspensions to Vilma, New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove for participating in a bounty program that violates the league’s detrimental conduct policy.

Smith, Fujita and Hargrove are expected to meet with Goodell on Tuesday.

STEELERS: Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison will play in the team’s home opener against the New York Jets on Sunday, according to a report.

Harrison, who sat out the entire preseason and the team’s Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos with a left knee injury, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that he will return for this weekend’s game.

JETS: Darrelle Revis walked off the field thinking he just had a headache – until he started feeling a bit strange.

The New York Jets cornerback suffered what the team called a “mild concussion” – the first of his football career – and it caught him by surprise.

“It’s been a fog, like being in a fog,” Revis said Thursday, speaking about his injury for the first time. “I’ve never had a concussion, so this is something you’ve got to get guidance from the training staff and the doctors.”

The Jets will make a decision on Revis’ availability before the team travels to Pittsburgh for its game Sunday against the Steelers.

BILLS: Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has returned to practice after being excused to be with his family in Alabama to mourn the shooting death of his younger brother.

Dareus’ brother, Simeon Gilmore, was one of three people killed Sunday during a burglary in Pelham, Ala.

CARDINALS: Coach Ken Whisenhunt is inching closer to acknowledging that Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at New England.

“We still have time,” Whisenhunt said. “It doesn’t look great for John (Skelton) being able to play, but Kevin’s had a very good week of practice and has played well.”

Skelton sprained his right ankle in Sunday’s season opener against Seattle, and has not practiced this week.


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