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Bounty decision to be next month

NEW ORLEANS — Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue plans to hear all testimony for the Saints bounty probe starting Tuesday through Dec. 4 and make a ruling shortly after.

In a document obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday, Tagliabue, who took over when commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself, tells the NFL to produce key witnesses, including former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former defensive assistant Mike Cerullo.

Defensive end Will Smith said he was pleased Tagliabue wants the league to produce the witnesses who helped with its investigation.

"The most important thing is that Gregg Williams and those other guys are going to have to testify and be cross-examined," Smith said. "We'll see if their story stays the same."

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma was unavailable for comment.

For now, Williams, Cerullo (one of the primary witnesses for the league), Vilma, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and NFL chief security officer Jeff Miller are set to testify.

QB news: Chicago's Jay Cutler, who sustained a concussion Nov. 11, said he feels better but isn't sure if he will play. … Rookie Ryan Lindley will start for Arizona. John Skelton, benched last week, said he is "frustrated." … Brady Quinn will start for Kansas City, regaining the job he lost when he suffered a concussion Oct. 28. … Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert (torn labrum in nonthrowing shoulder) is out for the season. Jordan Palmer, brother of the Raiders' Carson Palmer, was signed to back up Chad Henne.

Bills: Running back Fred Jackson, who sustained a concussion Nov. 11, was cleared to play. But the team said C.J. Spiller will remain the starter.

Browns: Starting corner Joe Haden returned to practice and might play Sunday. The ex-Gator had an oblique injury.

Cardinals: Running back Beanie Wells, out since Sept. 23 with turf toe, was activated.

Eagles: Running back LeSean McCoy missed practice because of a concussion. His status hasn't been determined.

Falcons: Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, out three games with a sprained right ankle, practiced and said he'll play Sunday against the Bucs.

Packers: Receiver Greg Jennings practiced for the first time since surgery for a torn abdominal muscle on Nov. 1. He did not rule out playing Sunday.

Steelers: Receiver Antonio Brown, out three games with a sprained ankle, practiced. His status hasn't been determined.

Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin missed practice with an ankle injury but expects to play.

Bounty decision to be next month 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:06pm]
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