Anthony Hargrove will being looking at the Packers defensive line from the sidelines during the beginning of the 2012 NFL season do to his involvement with Greg Williams and his “Bounty System.” He was served with an 8 game suspension do to his personal involvement and “actively obstructing the league’s 2010 investigation into the program.”
Joining Hargrove on their receptive teams sidelines will be Scott Fujita, who will serve a three-game suspension, Will Smith, serving a four-game suspension, and Johnathan Vilma, who will not see the field of play this entire year.
How does this effect Seattle?
That’s just the thing. It won’t.
Seattle traded Hargrove to the Packers after acquiring veteran Jason Jones from the Titans early March. The investigation was announced March 2, the defensive end was gone by the end of that same month.
Hargrove had played many pivotal rules for the Seahawks, most notably the comeback game against current Superbowl champions, the New York Giants.
With the score tied at 14 in the third quarter, Hargrove destroyed the offensive line of the Giants and tackled DJ Ware in their own end zone, helping to start the catalyst of the game. That game was a hard-fought and unexpected win against, what was then and has become, a Superbowl caliber team.
All signs seem to point to Carroll and crew getting an idea of what was going on. Showing no hesitation, the ‘Hawks brought in a veteran like Jones to replace Hargrove, after having a solid year in the contribution to the 9th ranked Seattle defense, he was promptly shipped off.
At any rate, Seattle has ‘dodged a bullet’ and kept their affairs in order.
With Vilma being placed on a year-long suspension, this will give the Seahawks ex-top rated linebacker, David Hawthorne, some time on the field instead of only being a third down back. “The Heater” will certainly make a good play at this position since he has the talent and abilities to take the place of Vilma, the current starter.
All three defenders will be allowed to participate in off-season activities, which will include the preseason games, and be allowed to appeal within the next three days. Though we are all pretty sure that even if they make an appeal, Commissioner Roger Goodell has made the Saints an example of what cheating will do to your organization and he will likely turn down all attempts to appeal that are made by these players, do to their obstruction in the investigation.