Bountygate suspensions lifted; oddsmakers adjust lines
Oddsmakers wasted no time in moving their lines following the huge news Friday that the suspensions to four New Orleans Saints players will be lifted ahead of Sunday's game.
William Hill U.S. told Covers
they moved their line for this weekend's game at home against the Washington Redskins
to -7.5 after having it listed at -7 earlier in the day. Pinnacle
moved its line from -7.5 to -9 with plus money while while Caesars in Las Vegas has its number at 9.5.
The ruling clears linebackers Jonathan Vilma and Scott Fujita (now with the Browns) as well as defensive ends Anthony Hargrove (cut by the Packers) and Will Smith to play Sunday if they're on their team's respective rosters. The four had previously been suspended for their participation in a pay for performance/bounty program on the Saints commonly referred to as 'Bountygate' after it became public this offseason.
A three-person panel overturned the NFL's decision to suspend the players, saying Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn't within his powers under the collective bargaining agreement to suspend the players.
Vilma, probably the Saints' best defensive player, was suspended for the season. Hargrove received eight games, Smith received four and Fujita got three. Vilma is recovering from a knee injury and team sources said he may need another week or two before he's ready to play.
The panel's decision does not apply to coaches or management so head coach Sean Payton remains suspended for the season.