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Saints Place Jonathan Vilma & Barrett Ruud On The Exempt List

Justin Macione from SportsNOLA.com reports that the New Orleans Saints have placed both middle line backers Jonathan Vilma and Barrett Ruud on the exempt list.

Vilma had been initially suspended for the entire season due to his role in the bounty gate scandal. A CBA appeals panel overturned the suspensions given to Vilma, Will Smith and former Saints Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. Roger Goodell however still has the power to suspend the players because of “conduct detrimental” to the game.

Smith has been added to the active roster.