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Roger Goodell announced today that he is stepping aside from the New Orleans Saints bounty and has appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to serve as the hearing officer for the coming appeals.Tagliabue was the NFL’s commissioner from 1989-2006 and has many years of experience in NFL collective bargaining matters. “To be clear, I have not [...]

Saints LB Vilma active for Sunday

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was activated for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reported Saturday. Vilma, who has been recovering from a knee injury, is expected to play between 20 and 30 snaps. Vilma's one-year suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program -- which is under appeal -- will be decided Oct. 30. He returned...

Saints LB Vilma likely to play vs. Bucs

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma participated in practice again Friday and appears likely to be activated from the physically unable to perform list in time to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Interim head coach Aaron Kromer said Vilma has made some impressive plays in practice this week, but the decision on whether to play him against the Buccaneers...

Roger Goodell steps aside in bounty appeal case; appoints Paul Tagliabue

NFL responds to Vilma, players union

The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool. In a response Wednesday to papers the players filed earlier this week, the NFL says its labor agreement gives Goodell the power to handle discipline involving conduct detrimental to football ''at...

Report: Union may challenge Tagliabue's appointment

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue may be challenged by the union as the arbiter in the appeals on the league's bounty case, reported Sunday. Tagliabue was selected by current Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose rulings in the case were struck down by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans. Goodell has recused himself from the bounty appeals process...

NFL Allowed Bounty Program In 1996

The NFL Players Association has filed papers in federal court which points out that the NFL permitted a 1996 bounty incentive program for big hits funded by former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Reggie White, according to the AP. The union questions why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should now be able to suspend former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering...

Tagliabue appointed to hear appeals

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, to hear the appeals of four players suspended in the Saints bounties scandal. Goodell says Friday that he notified Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, as well as the players' union, that Tagliabue would be the hearing officer to ''decide the appeals and bring the...

Players oppose Tagliabue stepping in

The players' union opposes former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case. In a statement Wednesday, the NFL Players Association said it will file a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans later in the day asking Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest. Commissioner Roger Goodell...

AP source: Union could challenge Tagliabue role

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the NFL players' union might challenge former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the appeals officer in the Saints' bounties case. Tagliabue is scheduled to hear the appeals of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove on Oct. 30. He was appointed by his successor, Roger Goodell. The person...

DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell TALK and all mankind may be saved

I could be making too much of a simple tweet, but I'm a blogger. It's what bloggers do. NFL PA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith tweets that he talked to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. WHAT? I have been in touch with Roger. He has formally notified me that he will recused himself. Paul Tagliabue will step in. — DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) October 19, 2012...
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