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Jonathan Vilma, NFL scapegoat

Updated: May 14, 2012, 9:21 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

In the end, Jonathan Vilma is a prop. He's a tool being manipulated by a commissioner trying to make much larger points.

Which, when you think about it, is not so far removed from the role that Vilma and his teammates play in the NFL in general. These are pieces on a chess board, only now they're being moved around for other purposes.

Commissioner Roger Goodell's one-season suspension of Vilma was so over the top that it had to be for effect, and indeed it was. ...

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