The Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins reportedly have been cleared by the NFL in the pay-to-injure scheme that left the New Orleans Saints with numerous suspensions, including their head coach.
The league has investigated both teams, but has found no evidence to tie the Bills and Redskins to the bounty program allegedly run by the Saints, according to the Washington Post, which cited league source. The league has made no formal announcement about the probe of the two teams.
The NFL found "no evidence of the type of program that existed at the Saints," the source said. "Unlike the Saints case, there was no independent, multiple corroboration of statements made in the media."
The teams were investigated because the Saints' bounty program was run by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who previously held the same position with the Redskins (2004-07) and was the Bills head coach (2001-03). Williams has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
The NFL has suspended Saints coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma for a year, former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (now with the Green Bay Packers) for eight games and defensive end Will Smith four games. General manager Mickey Loomis and interim head coach Joe Vitt have been suspended eight games each.
Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, has publicly denied that a bounty system exists. Vilma has also denied involvement and has filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.