A victory for the players
Smith and linebacker Vilma had their suspensions lifted by an arbitration appeal panel Friday. Vilma had been suspended for the season and Smith for four games for their roles in the Saints' "bounty" program.
The Saints made a flurry of moves, adding Vilma and linebacker Barrett Ruud on the exempt list, which needs permission from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Although Smith and Vilma had their suspensions vacated, the appeal panel still gave Goodell the power to suspend the players because of "conduct detrimental" to the game.