Lawyers for the NFL plan to file an opposition against the efforts to have Paul Tagliabue removed as the appeals officer that have been made by the suspended players in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, according to an ESPN report.
The opposition will be filed ahead of Friday's federal court deadline. The decision on whether Tagliabue recuses himself from hearing the appeals of four players is his to make, a source told ESPN.
Last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell removed himself from hearing the appeals and appointed his predecessor last week, but the Players Union want him disqualified because of a perceived conflict of interest.
The hearings are scheduled for next Tuesday, barring any court rulings.