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NEWORLEANS - Jonathan Vilma has notified U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan that he accepts Paul Tagliabue's decision to vacate his year-long bountygate suspension.

Lawyers for Jonathan Vilma and the NFL Players Association faced a Wednesday deadline to officially accept the decision by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue over the bounty punishments appeals.

It, however, also appears Vilma will proceed with his defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Vilma asked Judge Berrigan to lift her stay in the defamation lawsuit against Goodell.

On Tuesday, Tagliabue, who was overseeing the appeals, voided the suspension for Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.

The players must inform Federal Judge Ginger Berrigan by noon as to whether they will continue pursuing a defamation suit.

Although Tagliabue threw out the suspensions, he did say Vilma, Smith and Hargrove engaged in 'conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football.'

Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsburg, said that Vilma, while thrilled over the end of the suspensions, still wants to have his name cleared and will continue in the defamation suit.

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