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Vikings Players Pleased With 'Bounty' Punishments, According To Report

Members of the 2009 Minnesota Vikings -- who lost to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game -- are please with the punishments handed down in the New Orleans Saints bounty saga, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

The punishments were unprecedented in league history: Head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season, while the defensive coordinator who was directly involved with the bounties, Gregg Williams, has been banned indefinitely.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is reported to have said,

"...We all play hard. But to give bonuses for carting someone off the field? Man, that's just wrong. There's no place for that in the NFL, and I think it's now safe to say you won't be hearing about bounties in the NFL ever again."

Added D-end Brian Robinson,

"It shows everyone that [commissioner Roger] Goodell is definitely serious about player safety," defensive end Brian Robison said. "It's a tough league, but what [the Saints] did was messing with health and livelihood of guys. Goodell doesn't want to deal with this again. So he had to make an example of the Saints."

The Grand Forks article points out that former Vikings head coach Brad Childress complained to the league about possible late hits following the Vikings' loss to New Orleans.

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