NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is stepping aside in the Saints bounty case appeals process and turning it over to former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Tagliabue will hear the second set of appeals from four players -- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove -- who were penalized for their roles in an alleged program that rewarded teammates for injuring or knocking opponents out of games. The player suspensions ran from a full season for Vilma to parts of the season for the others.
Saints Coach Sean Payton was also suspended for the season while two of his top assistants were suspended for six games.
Goodell notified the players and their union of the move on Friday. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the players' union, tweeted confirmation of Tagliabue taking over.