NFL notebook: Tagliabue's role in appeals irks players
The players' union and the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case filed motions Wednesday to have former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue removed from hearing their appeals.
They asked in U.S. District Court in New Orleans that Tagliabue recuse himself because of a conflict of interest, and also asked for a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court.
The NFL said it would oppose Tagliabue stepping aside.
Shockey: I'm no snitch
Jeremy Shockey said he was not a whistle-blower in the Saints bounties case and that Warren Sapp's accusation he was has made it difficult for him to go back to New Orleans.
Appearing on Showtime's “Inside The NFL,” Shockey said about being “a snitch” that “I would never do anything like that.”
He added he spoke with Saints coach Sean Payton about it and Payton said, “Jeremy, just let it go.”
Ryan wants apology
Rex Ryan already said he's sorry. He thinks it's about time Reggie Bush did, too.
The Jets coach is still bothered by the Dolphins running back's comments a few weeks ago that Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury was a case of “what goes around comes around.”
“I apologized for my comment,” Ryan said. “I expect him to do the same.”
Ryan drew the ire of the Dolphins star when the coach said the Jets were going to put “hot sauce” — saying he meant lots of attention, not an intent to injure — on Bush before New York's 23-20 overtime win last month.
Cowboys' Lee on IR
Linebacker Sean Lee, an Upper St. Clair and Penn State product and the leading tackler for the Cowboys, was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season because of a right big toe injury.
Coach Jason Garrett said an MRI showed ligament damage that will require surgery in the next week or so.
Fujita's future in doubt
Browns starting linebacker Scott Fujita will be placed on injured reserve with a neck injury, ending his stormy season — and perhaps his football career.
Fujita, one of four players suspended by Goodell for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, was inactive the past two games.
Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis was back at practice Wednesday and could play this weekend against Oakland for the first time since Week 3. ... Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert expects to play Sunday at Green Bay despite an injured non-throwing shoulder. ... The Panthers announced they placed three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason on injured reserve with knee and shoulder issues. ... Mario Williams is not expected to miss any games after the Bills' defensive end had what the team called “a procedure” to relieve discomfort in his injured left wrist. ... Browns guard and Pitt product Jason Pinkston was released from the hospital after being treated for blood clots in his lungs.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Unsung backups provide boost for Steelers defensive line
- Run game needed for balance vs. Seahawks
- Steelers plan to use smart pass rush against Seattle QB Wilson
- Steelers notebook: Linebacker Timmons hoping for contract extension
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
- Steelers veteran linebacker Harrison focused on stretch run
- Rossi: Brown has caught on to leadership role
- Analysis: Despite injuries, Steelers well-positioned entering stretch run
- Rookie linebacker Chickillo adjusting to role with Steelers
- Steelers kicker Boswell puts best foot forward
- Rossi: Ben, Steelers in good position entering late-season bye week