Tagliabue expected to present bounty ruling

  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 9:53 AM

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will rule Tuesday afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the NFL's bounty probe, and any potential punishment will be delayed by a week, a person familiar with the decision said.

The delay is designed to give a federal judge the opportunity to rule on pending motions to throw out the suspensions and remove Tagliabue as the appointed arbitrator for the player appeals to the league, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday.

If the sanctioned players find Tagliabue's decision palatable, the bounty saga could come to an end more than nine months after the NFL's probe of New Orleans' cash-for-hits program was made public. If not, it will be up to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to disqualify Tagliabue or let his ruling stand.

Etc.

• Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey is out of the hospital and feeling fine. Mularkey was released Monday afternoon after a brief stay that included tests.

• Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said a decision on whether Ken Whisenhunt remains as coach will be made after the season.

• San Francisco suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites, including one during the weekend saying he was "on this team rotting away."

• Tennessee tight end Jared Cook has a torn right rotator cuff and coach Mike Munchak says Cook will be on injured reserve for the final three games.

Dez Bryant injured his left index finger Sunday and might miss Dallas' playoff push. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday the injury was still being evaluated.

Cam Cameron was fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens.

• The Arizona Cardinals have claimed quarterback Brian Hoyer off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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