Scott Fujita was granted new life on Friday afternoon when a judge overturned a three-game suspension handed out by Roger Goodell for the Saints bounty scandal. Fujita had been working out individually at Baldwin Wallace to stay in shape during his mandated time away from the team. Earlier on Friday, Pat Shurmur said, ”I don’t see any reason why he can’t play” when asked about the (at the time) hypothetical of his suspension being overturned.
But a report from Jason La Canfora indicated otherwise late Friday night:
Scott Fujita missed 3 preseason games w/injury and all practices/ meetings this week due to suspension; unlikely he plays Sun source said
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 8, 2012
With Chris Gocong and James-Michael Johnson down, suddenly having Fujita available on Sunday was a huge boost. The Browns were granted a roster exemption by the NFL, so they’re allowed to carry 54 players and don’t need to cut anyone now that Fujita has been activated. The veteran linebacker injured his knee in the Browns first preseason game against Detroit and did not play again.
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