The New Orleans Saints "bounty" story took another sharp turn on Thursday when linebacker Jonathan Vilma sued NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in federal court, claiming the league's top executive made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living. Meanwhile, the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees seemed further apart than ever, with Brees criticizing the team's handling of the dispute and admitting he's frustrated.
Here's what else is on tap for Friday:
Debate: "Top 100" surprises
NFL Network continued with the "The Top 100: Players of 2012," rolling out Nos. 61-70. Our analysts debate the rankings. More ...
• Fans show their passion in different ways, including dying their hair and shaving team logos into the sides of their heads. Take a look at some of the more "out there" 'dos in our photo gallery.
• Who's the best pass rusher in the NFL? Warren Sapp breaks down the meanest defenders currently putting pressure on NFL quarterbacks.
• It's rare to find NFL players over 35, but Bucky Brooks writes that age is proving to be no obstacle for these five stars.
Breer: West Coast worries
San Francisco was the feel-good story of 2011, while Seattle showed promise. But Albert Breer says both face QB questions. More ...
• The five episodes of "A Football Life" are up to be voted on by fans. Check out the options, select your favorite, then see if it airs May 26 on NFL Network.