NFL files motion in support of Paul Tagliabue

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League lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Friday, arguing that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints’ bounties case next week.

In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma’s statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying “I think it’s a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator.”

The action comes after the players’ union and the four players suspended in the bounties’ case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself from the case because of what they say is a conflict of interest. They want a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams because of an ankle injury.

Hernandez, who did not make the trip to London, missed three games with the injury earlier this season.

FINES: The NFL fined the Baltimore Ravens $20,000 Friday for not listing safety Ed Reed on the team’s injury report.

Reed publicly acknowledged his right shoulder injury Oct. 17, a few days before the Ravens played Houston and said it could be affecting his play. The Pro Bowl safety played during practices and games after the injury occurred.

• Chicago’s Brandon Marshall was fined $10,500 for wearing orange cleats during the Bears’ 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, according to a league spokesperson.

Teammate Earl Bennett was fined the same amount for wearing orange cleats Monday,

BRONCOS: Cornerback Tracy Porter will likely miss Sunday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints as he continues to experience symptoms following a seizure he suffered in August.

Porter missed practice Thursday to see a doctor and had been hoping to get medical clearance to play against his former team, but that clearance has not happened. He is officially listed as questionable for the game.


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