I think this is gonna get thrown out.
I think the tide may have turned. The reporting of the Ed Reed story is a 180 from the initial coverage of Bounty Gate. The media doesn't trust the league any more. But the question is, can they drop the punishments against the players and move on, or would dropping the punishments open a whole new can of worms.
I think the league wants to just move on, even if that means no punishment for the players, but I'm not sure they can. Is clearing the players an indictment of Goodell? Does clearing the players because Cerullo and Williams' testimony is ruled insufficient mean that Payton gets to come back? Does clearing the players show the NFL is overzealous when it comes to safety, a good thing for the lawsuits, or does it show that they aren't serious about safety at all and this was all a sham, a bad thing for the lawsuits and the reasonable conclusion that most people seem to have come to.