The NFL has dropped the hammer on Payton, Williams, Loomis and Vitt.
The bottom line here is this: this case very quickly morphed from a football matter to a legal matter. The NFL is facing 36 plus concussion lawsuits from retired players plus potential lawsuits from players who may have been targeted and seriously injured by Saints players.
By coming down hard on the Saints, the NFL is sending a message to current claimants, potential claimants and potential jurors that it values player safety and it does not endorse any program that seeks to deliberately injure its players.
This isn't over - by a long shot. The NFL will now turn its attention to disciplining players that went out and intentionally sought to injure other NFL players. That will include fines and suspensions.
If NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith thought he had a rough year things aren't about to get better.
Like all good legal cases, this one has tentacles - tentacles and a hammer.