The entire Saints organization was united in insisting that they had been wrongly punished for the fake injury, and Saints owner Gail Benson took the matter directly to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Benson was personally involved and sent a scathing letter to Goodell denying any wrongdoing by the organization, NoLa.com reports.
The NFL initially penalized the defensive end Cameron Jordan $50,000, defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen $50,000, head coach Dennis Allen $100,000 and a Saints franchise $350,000 after league officials felt Jordan feigned injury to give the Saints defense time to regroup in a game against the Buccaneers . But all those fines have since been overturned on appeal.
Benson’s letter claimed that Jordan, the team’s coaches and medical staff had done nothing wrong. At the appeal hearing, Saints coaches and coaches also stated that Jordan was indeed injured, and as part of the appeal process, the Saints and Jordan presented records of Jordan visiting the command center for injury treatment every day for a week after the Buccaneers game, even though the players left for the farewell week.
The NFL has a legitimate interest in fighting fake injuries, but in this case it appears the league acted prior to a thorough investigation and Benson stood up for his team.