4 players suspended by NFL for Saints’ bounties

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Fujita, Hargrove and Smith are allowed to participate in offseason activity, including preseason games, before their suspensions take effect. Vilma, though, is suspended immediately and will be reinstated after the coming season’s Super Bowl is played in his team’s city.

“Nothing can be gained from sharing how I feel about” his teammates’ penalties, Saints right tackle Zach Strief said. “I will miss Jonathan very much. Knowing him personally, he’s a good person. This is going to be a tough thing for him to go through. In terms of his leadership, somebody else will step up and take over.”

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AP Sports Writers Rachel Cohen, Brett Martel, Chris Jenkins, Tom Withers and Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report.

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