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Bounty players' bans overturned

Updated: September 8, 2012, 5:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW ORLEANS -- Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita and Will Smith are back in the NFL.

For now.

The suspensions of those players, plus unsigned free agent Anthony Hargrove, for their roles in New Orleans' pay-for-pain bounty scandal were lifted Friday by a three-member appeals panel.

The league reinstated them all a few minutes later.

Vilma plans to attend Sunday's season opener against the Washington Redskins, a team source previously told ESPN's Ed Werder. But the three-time ...

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