Williams, who is currently the DC of the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended indefinitely by the league. His status will be reviewed at the end of this season.
Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 season without pay and GM MIckey Loomis drew an eight-game suspension.
In addition, the team has been fined $500k and will be stripped of their second round selections in both this year and next year's draft.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had this to say in a statement today:
"We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game. We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.”
“A combination of elements made this matter particularly unusual and egregious,” Commissioner Goodell continued. “When there is targeting of players for injury and cash rewards over a three-year period, the involvement of the coaching staff, and three years of denials and willful disrespect of the rules, a strong and lasting message must be sent that such conduct is totally unacceptable and has no place in the game."
Payton's suspension has led many to believe that former Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo, who was relieved of his head coaching duties by the Rams this winter, will be elevated to head coach from defensive coordinator. That job would have gone to assistant head coach Joe Vitt, but he has also been suspended (first six RS games).
The Super Bowl will be held in New Orleans this season. No team has ever played in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Looks like the streak will continue....