In audiotapes, ex-Saints coach Gregg Williams heard urging injuries

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of the New Orleans Saints talks to Jonathan Vilma (51) during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on Oct. 31, 2010 in New Orleans, La. Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images

(CBS News) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and two other key members of the organization in New York

Thursday to hear their appeal on suspensions for their part in "bounty" system. Payton received a one-year ban while former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely by the league.

CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian reports that the release of an audio tape leaves little question what Williams had in mind.

The violent nature of the NFL is an alluring, often celebrated, part of the sport.

But even in the confines of these human car crashes, there are rules, legal and ethical boundaries prohibiting the purposeful injury of an opponent.

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But now an audio tape has surfaced on this website that appears to paint a disturbing picture of the mindset of former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The architect of the Saints pay-to-injure bounty system that implicated as many as 27 players paid as much at $1,500 for a "knockout" hit. It cost Williams his job.

"Little 32, we want to knock the (expletive) out of him," Williams is heard telling his players in a profanity-laced speech to his defensive players the night before the Saints lost a playoff game to the San Francisco 49ers last January.

Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers gets tackled by Patrick Robinson #21 of teh New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter during the Divisional Playoffs at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012, in San Francisco, California.
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Williams appears to target specific body parts of several 49ers for injury, including running back Frank Gore's head.

"We've got to make sure we do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We need to decide on how many times we can meet Frank Gore's head," Williams is heard saying.

They also allegedly targeted tight end Vernon Davis's ankle.

"We need to decide how many times we can bull rush and we can (expletive) clip Vernon Davis's ankles over the pile," Williams is heard saying.

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree's already-damaged knee ligament was an apparent target.

"He becomes human when you (expletive) take out that outside ACL," Williams says.

Wide receiver Kyle Williams, coming back from a concussion, was a target too.

"That little wide receiver, number 10, about his concussion. We need to (expletive) put a lick on him right now," Williams says on the tape.

The audio recordings were made by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who followed the Saints last season as part of a documentary on football in the U.S.

Late today he released a statement that said, in part: "Some will call me releasing this audio for fame or money grab. People of character and conscience will call it was (what) it is: tru [sic]."

Contacted by CBS News, the NFL had no comment on the tape, while Williams could not be reached for comment. This speech came right before Williams final game in the league, just seven weeks before the bounty scandal broke.

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