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AP source: Tagliabue bounty ruling coming today

Decision coming

A person familiar with the decision says former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will rule this afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the NFL’s bounty probe, and that any potential punishment will be delayed by a week.

The person says the delay is designed to give a federal judge in New Orleans the opportunity to rule on pending motions to throw out the suspensions and remove Tagliabue as the appointed arbitrator for these player appeals to the league. The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because no rulings have been announced.

The NFL’s decision to delay potential sanctions for four current or former Saints means linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith may play Sunday when New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay.

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