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Saints LB Jonathan Vilma will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to discuss Vilma’s suspension that was recently vacated, according to multiple reports.

Goodell suspended Vilma for the year for his alleged role in the Saints’ bounty program from 2009-11. An Appeals Panel vacated the suspensions last week. The Saints put Vilma (knee) on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The Appeals Panel’s ruling asked for an expeditious redetermination of the rulings by Goodell. The league issued a statement on Thursday clarifying that Goodell still has full authority.

It had been reported earlier in the week that Goodell plans to meet with the other suspended players as well — Saints DE Will Smith, Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove.

Vilma’s laywer, Peter Ginsberg, told NFL Network’s Albert Breer in regards to the league’s statement, “It is interesting and illuminating that it took the NFL almost one week to develop a punishable rationalization of the Appeals Board decision.

Per Breer, Vilma requested to meet with Goodell separate from the other three players in the case.

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