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NFL roundup: Union may challenge Tagliabue as bounty arbiter

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Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue may be challenged by the union as the arbiter in the appeals on the league's bounty case, ProFootballTalk.com reported Sunday.

Tagliabue was selected by current Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose rulings in the case were struck down by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans. Goodell has recused himself from the bounty appeals process of four New Orleans Saints players involved in the scandal.

ProFootballTalk said the Players Association was not consulted by Goodell before he made the change, which is required in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. And Tagliabue may have a conflict of interest because his law firm has been representing the league in bounty-related matters.

Also, the ProFootballTalk.com report said the NFLPA could decide to call Tagliabue as a witness to in the hearings, which also would disqualify him from the proceedings. ESPN rekindled last week of a report of a "Smash for Cash" program the network examined in 1996 while Taglibue was still commissioner.

---The Arizona Cardinals reportedly are scheduled to give free agent quarterback Vince Young a try out Tuesday.

Young has been working with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. since being released from the Buffalo Bills prior to the start of the season, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Cardinals have lost starting quarterback Kevin Kolb for 6-8 weeks because of a sternum injury. John Skelton, who began the season as the starter before suffering an ankle injury in the season-opener, is again the Cardinals' starter.

---The San Diego Chargers reportedly are facing fines -- and possibly more sanctions -- for using something banned decades ago by the NFL -- Stickum.

The glue-like substance that was banned during the 1970s was discovered on towel used by the Chargers' equipment manager Monday night, FOX Sports reported Sunday.

The FOX report said the Chargers could be given a hefty fine and possibly lose draft picks for cheating.

---The New York Jets reportedly have complained to the NFL that the New England Patriots' hurry-up offense does not allow the mandated time for defenses to make substitutions.

NFL rules state if the offense makes substitutions, then the defense is allowed to do so. However, Jets officials said that Patriots violated that rule in their victory over the Denver Broncos two weeks ago.

---New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt, who has been suspended for the first six games because his involvement in the bounty scandal, reportedly will resume his coaching duties Sunday night.

He will be waiting at the airport for the Saints when return from their game at Tampa Bay, ESPN reported. Aaron Kromer has served as Saints coach in Vitt's absence.

Despite being suspended, Vitt was selected as interim coach during the summer when head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the season as part of the same scandal.

"I missed these guys so bad," Vitt told ESPN.

---Indianapolis Colts officials confirmed after Sunday's 17-13 victory over Cleveland that coach Chuck Pagano has been released from the hospital and is continuing his recovery from leukemia at home.

Pagano had watched the Colts' previous two games from his hospital room.

The Colts are 2-1 since offensive coordinator Bruce Arians took over as the interim head coach in Pagano's absence.

Pagano is not expected to return to his head-coaching duties this season.

--Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is out of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon Sunday in a loss to the New York Giants.

Head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed the injury in his postgame press conference.

Davis left the game and was carted off the field in the first quarter. He's the Redskins' leading receiver with 24 receptions for 325 yards (13.5-yard average).

--- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Blaine Gabbert both were forced out of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders because of with injuries.

Jones-Drew left in the first quarter with an injured left foot, and Gabbert left in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury. The Jaguars said the return for both players is questionable.
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