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Decision in bounty appeals should come this week


Sep 13, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; NFL Back to Football logo on the field prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long,winding, and twisted road as far as the bounty hearings have gone starting early this offseason.  Now hopefully that will come to an end at the beginning of this week.

NFL Network reporter Albert Breer posted a tweet earlier this morning saying,

"One non-Redskins/Ravens note, most folks involved with the bounty case expect a decision from Paul Tagliabue on Monday or Tuesday."

Of course this isn’t really too much breaking news since arbitrator Paul Tagliabue already stated when he stepped in for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the appeal hearing that this would not drag out.

The investigation and subsequent hearings have snowballed into nothing short of a smear campaign by both sides and has gotten extremely chippy at times with one of the accused, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, actually filing a civil defamation suit against Goodell.

When Tagliabue stepped in as arbitrator for the appeals, there was a sigh of relief since he is not known to mince words although Vilma worried that he may not be totally impartial since Tagliabue was a mentor for Goodell.

But regardless of the outcome, the expected decision coming this week will mercifully bring a close to the much publicised case that has marred not only player’s reputations but the season for the New Orleans Saints as well.