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Tagliabue brought in for appeals

NEW YORK — Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, to hear the appeals related to the Saints' bounty scandal. The hearing was set for Oct. 30.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (suspended for the season), Saints defensive end Will Smith (four games), Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (one game) and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (seven games) previously asked Goodell to recuse himself, contending he could not rule fairly.

Peter Ginsberg, Vilma's lawyer, called Goodell's move "a positive development."

"Having said that," he added, "we now need to learn whether commissioner Tagliabue plans to provide to us the fundamental rights that commissioner Goodell ignored, including the right to examine the accusers and to see the evidence."

Ginsberg also was concerned because Tagliabue's firm represents Goodell in Vilma's defamation lawsuit.

Tagliabue was commissioner from 1989-2006. For part of that time, Goodell was the league's general counsel.

"Paul Tagliabue is a genuine football authority whose tenure as commissioner was marked by his thorough and judicious approach to all matters," said Goodell, who noted he has not talked with Tagliabue about the case. "He has many years of experience in NFL collective bargaining matters and an impeccable reputation for integrity."

More bounty: Jimmy Kennedy, the ex-Vikings defensive lineman identified by the NFL as a "whistleblower" in the case, said the league lied about his statements. He released a statement saying the NFL called him about a bounty program, but he told them he knew nothing. Said league spokesman Greg Aiello: "Jimmy Kennedy and (ex-Vikings coach) Brad Childress were interviewed separately. We are confident of the accuracy of the information that has been disclosed."

Browns: The team said starting left guard Jason Pinkston was hospitalized earlier this week with blood clots in his lungs, a life-threatening condition. Pinkston tweeted the clots were caught early, but he still is out indefinitely.

Panthers: Starting cornerback Chris Gamble, already out indefinitely, will have an MRI exam on his right shoulder to determine if he has a torn labrum.

Ravens: Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who tore his right Achilles tendon in May and returned to practice Wednesday, will travel to Houston but not play, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Steroids: Richard Rydze, the Steelers' team doctor for 22 years, was indicted for prescribing anabolic steroids. The charges cover from September 2007 through March 2011. The team, which declined to comment on Friday, cut ties with Rydze in June 2007. Federal authorities didn't list the team or any its players as having received steroids.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

N.Y. Jets 3 3 0 .500 133 141

New England 3 3 0 .500 188 137

Miami 3 3 0 .500 120 117

Buffalo 3 3 0 .500 137 192

South W L T Pct PF PA

Houston 5 1 0 .833 173 115

Indianapolis 2 3 0 .400 100 145

Tennessee 2 4 0 .333 114 204

Jacksonville 1 4 0 .200 65 138

North W L T Pct PF PA

Baltimore 5 1 0 .833 161 118

Cincinnati 3 3 0 .500 149 163

Pittsburgh 2 3 0 .400 116 115

Cleveland 1 5 0 .167 134 163

West W L T Pct PF PA

Denver 3 3 0 .500 170 138

San Diego 3 3 0 .500 148 137

Oakland 1 4 0 .200 87 148

Kansas City 1 5 0 .167 104 183

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

N.Y. Giants 4 2 0 .667 178 114

Philadelphia 3 3 0 .500 103 125

Washington 3 3 0 .500 178 173

Dallas 2 3 0 .400 94 119

South W L T Pct PF PA

Atlanta 6 0 0 1.000 171 113

Tampa Bay 2 3 0 .400 120 101

Carolina 1 4 0 .200 92 125

New Orleans 1 4 0 .200 141 154

North W L T Pct PF PA

Chicago 4 1 0 .800 149 71

Minnesota 4 2 0 .667 146 117

Green Bay 3 3 0 .500 154 135

Detroit 2 3 0 .400 126 137

West W L T Pct PF PA

San Francisco 5 2 0 .714 165 100

Arizona 4 2 0 .667 110 97

Seattle 4 3 0 .571 116 106

St. Louis 3 3 0 .500 110 111

Sunday

N.O. at Tampa Bay, 1

Arizona at Minnesota, 1

Green Bay at St. Louis, 1

Baltimore at Houston, 1

Wash at N.Y. Giants, 1

Dallas at Carolina, 1

Cleveland at Indy, 1

Tennessee at Buffalo, 1

J'ville at Oakland, 4:25

N.Y. Jets at New England, 4:25

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:20

Monday

Detroit at Chicago, 8:30

Tagliabue brought in for appeals 10/19/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2012 11:05pm]

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