UNDATED (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are about to get some closure stemming from the NFL's bounty probe of the team.
A person familiar with the decision says former commissioner Paul Tagliabue will rule Tuesday afternoon on the latest round of player appeals in the probe, and that any potential punishment will be delayed by a week.
The person says the delay is designed to give a federal judge in New Orleans the opportunity to rule on pending motions to throw out the suspensions and remove Tagliabue as the appointed arbitrator for these player appeals to the league. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because no rulings have been announced.
The NFL's decision to delay potential sanctions for four current or former Saints means linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith may play Sunday when New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay.