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Fujita's season in jeopardy

October 15, 2012 - Mike McLain
ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported Monday that Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has a neck injury that could end his season and possibly his career.

Fujita was deactivated for last Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with what the team called a shoulder/neck injury. In the final year of a three-year contract, the 33-year-old Fujita isn't expected to return to the Browns next season. There has been speculation that this would be his final season.

Fujita has had nothing but physical problems since arriving for the 2010 season. He finished the 2010 season on injured reserve with a knee injury, and last season he finished on IR with a broken hand.

Fujita sat out most of training camp this year with a knee injury that sidelined him the first game of the season.

Fujita has also been involved with the appeal of a suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. A three-person arbitration panel ruled that Goodell overstepped his authority in issuing the three-game suspension, stating it was a violation off the league's salary cap.

The panel returned the case to Goodell as a disciplinary decision. Goodell announced last week his decision to reduce the suspension from three weeks to one week. Fujita reacted angrily to Goodell's comment about being disappointed in Fujita, who tweeted that he was disappointed with the commissioner.

Fujita's contention has been that he never participated in nor was there ever a bounty program. He found it strange for Goodell to say that he thought Fujita should have stopped the program.

 
 

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