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"It seems like a lot people (are) trying to bring us down right now," Bussey told CBS Sports. "I think one of the reasons is because the Super Bowl is here in New Orleans this year and they don't want to see a great team like the New Orleans Saints be in their backyard to play an important game like that."
Four players were suspended as a result of the Saints' "bounty" program, in which players were given money for injuring opposing players or removing them from games. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended for one full season, while defensive end Anthony Hargrove was banned for eight games, Will Smith for four games and linebacker Scott Fujita for three games.
The NFL Players Association filed an appeal Friday against the NFL challenging Commissioner Roger Goodell's power in the case.