All four players punished in the NFL’s bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. People familiar with the situation say the players have asked commissioner Roger Goodell to remove himself as arbitrator because they do not believe he can be impartial.
One of the people also said New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Friday that all four players had filed appeals.
JETS’ REVIS ON IR
There will be no dramatic Super Bowl return for Darrelle Revis.
The New York Jets placed the star cornerback on season-ending injured reserve on Friday, a few weeks after coach Rex Ryan said the team would wait until after knee surgery in case there was a “0.0002 chance” Revis could recover in time to play in the NFL’s big game.
Ryan said Revis will have surgery next week to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered almost three weeks ago at Miami. With safety Eric Smith being sidelined by a knee injury this week, Revis’ roster spot was filled by rookie safety Antonio Allen.
Revis was injured in the third quarter of the Jets’ 23-20 overtime victory Sept. 23.
SUH FACES NEW SUIT
Suburban Detroit police say they have closed their investigation into a traffic accident involving Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Dearborn police said the accident was minor and fault cannot be determined.
Steve Vines of Livonia said it’s not minor and he has at least $500 in damage. He said Suh sideswiped his vehicle Thursday and didn’t stop.
Meanwhile, The Oakland Press reports Friday that a couple has sued Suh and his sister, Ngum Suh, for a return of their $100,000 security deposit on a leased Birmingham home. Gregory and Laura Packer also claim they haven’t been allowed to get property left at the home when they moved out June 15.
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has practiced for the second straight day and there is a chance he will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. ... Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Fined $15,750 by the league were Green Bay linebacker Nick Perry, St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn and San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram. ... Robert Griffin III took part in the Washington Redskins’ full practice Friday for the first time this week and appears set to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin was full-go after being limited while recovering from a concussion.