Browns' Fujita suspended 3 games for bounties

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has been suspended three games without pay by the NFL for his involvement in the New Orleans "bounty" program.

Fujita spent four seasons with the Saints before signing with the Browns in 2010. The 33-year-old is one of four players suspended. The league said in a statement that Fujita pledged money during the 2009 playoffs to the Saints' pay-for-performance pool, which rewarded players for hits on opponents. Fujita, who is a member of the NFLPA's executive committee, is expected to appeal.

Fujita is allowed to participate in any team offseason programs and can play in exhibition games. If he misses three games, Fujita will lose approximately $644,000.

The Browns did not have immediate comment.

A team captain, Fujita missed seven games in his first season with the Browns because of a knee injury and the last five last season after breaking his hand.

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