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By PFW staff

The NFLPA released a statement Wednesday confirming it will make a motion to recuse former commissioner Paul Tagliabue from the Saints’ appeals hearings.

“To comply with the Court-ordered schedule, we will be making a motion under the CBA to recuse Paul Tagliabue today, and will be subsequently filing those papers with the Court,” the statement read. “We will have no further comment related to these filings.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from hearing the bounty appeals for Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita and appointed Tagliabue last week.

On Tuesday, the NFLPA sent a letter asking for clarification on Tagliabue’s position because of a few reasons, including Tagliabue’s role as a partner at Covington & Burling, which is the firm representing the NFL in the players’ law suits.

The appeals hearings are scheduled to take place on Oct. 30.

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