The suspensions of four NFL players handed down by league Commissioner Roger Goodell over a bounty program that paid players to injure opponents has been overturned by Goodell's predecessor.

FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports:

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has overturned the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, who the NFL punished for taking part in the Saints' bounty program.

Tagliabue says the players' conduct was detrimental to the league, but also that the case was contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization.  The NFL, out with a statement, say they respect the decision, which they say underscores the due process afforded players in NFL disciplinary matters.

Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio.