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Suspended players don't want Tagliabue hearing appeals

The players' union and the four players suspended in the Saints' bounties case filed motions Wednesday to have former NFL commissioner Paul...

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The players' union and the four players suspended in the Saints' bounties case filed motions Wednesday to have former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue removed from hearing their appeals.

They asked in U.S. District Court in New Orleans that Tagliabue recuse himself because of a conflict of interest, and also asked for a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court.

The NFL said it would oppose Tagliabue stepping aside.

Commissioner Roger Goodell removed himself from hearing this set of appeals and appointed his predecessor last week. But the players and their union contend Tagliabue should be disqualified because of his employment by a law firm that has handled bounty-related matters for the league and represented Goodell in Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against him.

The hearings are scheduled for next Tuesday, subject to any court rulings.

The players association has concerns about "ethical and legal" issues involving Tagliabue hearing appeals by Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove.

Jets' Ryan says Bush should apologize

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan already said he's sorry. He thinks it's about time Reggie Bush did, too.

The New York Jets coach is still bothered by the Miami Dolphins running back's comments a few weeks ago that Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury was a case of "what goes around comes around."

"I apologized for my comment," Ryan said Wednesday. "I expect him to do the same."

Ryan drew the ire of the Dolphins star when the coach said the Jets were going to put "hot sauce" — saying he meant lots of attention, not an intent to injure — on Bush before New York's 23-20 overtime win last month. Bush hurt his left knee in the game on a hit by LaRon Landry, and later implied it was karma that Revis also hurt his knee and was lost for the season.

Bush told reporters in Miami that he wasn't concerned that the Jets might try to get him back Sunday when the teams meet at MetLife Stadium.

"Retaliation? They're the ones who started this," Bush said. "If there was ever any retaliation, it would come from us. But this team and the caliber of guys and the character we have are guys who play with respect for the game and play hard. It's football. I didn't go and complain or whine about being a target of the Jets. I expect that every game. I don't expect for it to be any different this game. I expect it to be a tough game, probably some trash talking going on. It's going to be a physical, tough game."

Notes

• NFL Week 8 kicks off with a straight venue call when Tampa Bay visits Minnesota on Thursday. The Vikings are 4-0 in the home dome this season while Tampa travels about as well as a colicky baby — nine straight road losses since winning in Minnesota a year ago.

• Linebacker Sean Lee, the leading tackler for the Dallas Cowboys, has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season because of a right big toe injury.

Mario Williams is not expected to miss any games after the Buffalo Bills' high-priced defensive end had what the team called "a procedure" to relieve discomfort in his injured left wrist.

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