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Saints' Ellis not 'terribly concerned' about 'bounty' scandal

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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis isn't worried about the "bounty" scandal, despite the fact that he was a key member of the team throughout the time the program was in place.

Ellis was asked about bounties by Seattle Seahawks running back Michael Robinson during an interview for Robinson's website, The Real Robinson Report.

"You can't believe everything you hear on TV, man. Alright?" Ellis said. "You can't believe everything that comes out in the media. So, you know, I'm sure it'll work itself out and, you know, the truth will come out in the end, but it's not something that I'm terribly concerned about."

Ellis has started 54 games for the Saints since they made him the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has 137 tackles and 12.5 sacks in his career.

The league found that 22 to 27 players were involved in a "bounty" program orchestrated by then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to announce how or if they will be disciplined. Representatives of the league and the NFL Players Association met for two-plus hours Monday to discuss the case. Goodell has said he'll wait for recommendations from the NFLPA before announcing any disciplinary measures, while union executive director DeMaurice Smith said Monday his role is not to give recommendations for punishment without gathering information and consulting with players.

Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season and Williams was banned indefinitely. General manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt were given eight- and six-game suspensions, respectively.

The Real Robinson Report features interviews between Robinson and other athletes.

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