2012 Turkeys Of The Year

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New Orleans Saints

The NFL blew the lid off headhunters with a March report that the Saints' former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, had been rewarding his minions with cash for knocking opposing players out of games since 2009. Williams, who `fessed up and got contrite, was banned from the league indefinitely. Also suspended: head coach Sean Payton (2012 season), GM Mickey Loomis (eight games), assistant coach Joe Vitt (six), and players Jonathan Vilma (16), Anthony Hargrove (seven), Will Smith (four) and Scott Fujita (one). A $500,000 fine was tacked on and the Saints also had to cough up second-round 2012 and 2013 draft picks.

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