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Notes: Roger Goodell recuses himself from bounty case

Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed predecessor Paul Tagliabue to hear the appeals of four players suspended in the Saints bounty scandal.

Goodell said Friday he notified Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove, as well as the players’ union, that Tagliabue would be the hearing officer to ‘‘decide the appeals and bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion.’’

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