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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Historical perspective on Vilma suspension

By Pat Yasinskas

The season-long suspension of New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma pretty much is unprecedented in the NFL.

There have been plenty of one-year suspensions (and some longer) for substance-abuse violations. But Vilma’s suspension ranks as one of the longest in history.

With help from the Associated Press, by way of ESPN Stats & Information, here’s a list of the longest non-substance-abuse suspensions in NFL history:
Those suspensions all involved off-field actions. Here is the list of the longest NFL suspensions for on-field incidents: