Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue won't recuse himself in the Saints bounty appeal process, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended one game for his alleged role in the scandal.
The appeals of the four players, including Fujita, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith and free agent Anthony Hargrove, was originally scheduled for October 30th but was canceled because of Hurricane Sandy. ProFootballTalk.com is reporting the earliest the hearing will be is next Tuesday, November 13.
No matter what Tagliabue says, a judge is considering removing him from the case. Judge Helen Berrigan could remove Tagliabue from the case because of his job with the law firm that represents the NFL in bounty-related matters. He also could be considered a potential witness in the bounty case.