Bounty appeal hearing on Oct. 30 'adjourned,' according to report

Mike Ehrmann

According to a report, an Oct. 30 hearing on appeals in the Saints' bounty cases has been postponed due to a looming hurricane and controversy over former NFL commissioner Paul Tagiabue hearing the appeals.

A hearing that had been set for Oct. 30 on the appeals of bounty suspensions for New Orleans Saints players has been "adjourned" according to a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. No new date for the hearing has been determined yet, but according to the report, more information will be provided on Monday.

Cleveland Browns' linebacker Scott Fujita, free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, Saints' defensive end Will Smith and Saints' linebacker Jonathan Vilma are the players appealing suspension related to the offseason scandal of a bounty program inside the New Orleans locker room.

The meeting has been scratched for the time being in part because of delays and complications caused by the storm, Hurricane Sandy, that is bearing down on the East Coast.

Another factor for the meeting's postponement is the controversy of the suspended players calling for former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to recuse himself from the hearings. After current commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from hearing the appeals, Tagliabue took his place, but the players are contesting he has a conflict of interest as well.

Smith and Vilma will play this weekend when New Orleans takes on the Denver Broncos. Fujita is currently on injured reserve.

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