The Browns finally got some good news on Friday, as a three-member appeals panel overturned the player suspensions in the Saints bounty case, including current Browns LB Scott Fujita.
Based on the timing of the decision, Fujita will be able to play Sunday when Michael Vick and the Eagles come to Browns Stadium for a 1pm showdown.
“Consistent with the panel’s decision, Commissioner Goodell will, as directed, make an expedited determination of the discipline imposed for violating the league’s pay-for-performance/bounty rule,” the NFL said in a statement. “Until that determination is made, the four players are reinstated and eligible to play starting this weekend.”
Fujita, who has stated all along he was innocent in the “bounty program” allegations, took to Twitter to thank fans everywhere for their support in the case.
“I’m overwhelmed with all the support,” Fujita wrote on his Twitter account. “Thank you so much everyone. Can’t tell you how much it means to me.”
Without Fujita, the Browns were set to take on the Eagles with just two linebackers with NFL experience.
Fujita has been unable to practice with the team this week because of the league ruling. He was originally supposed to miss the first three games and given the lightest sentence of the four players.
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