CLEVELAND — Browns linebacker Scott Fujita’s appeal to the NFL was rejected, though there is a chance that his suspensions could be reduced.
The veteran of 10 NFL seasons is one of four players disciplined in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Others involved are Anthony Hargrove of the Green Bay Packers and Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints.
“While this decision constitutes my final and binding determination under the CBA, I of course retain the inherent authority to reduce a suspension should facts be brought to my attention warranting the exercise of that discretion,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to the players. “The record confirms that each of you was given multiple chances to meet with me to present your side of the story. You are each still welcome to do so.”
Fujita’s suspension has him missing the first three games of the Browns’ upcoming season.
– FOX 8 Sports Intern David Hrvatin contributed to this report.