NFL Reinstates Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Sean Gardner

The NFL has reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton today. Payton was the first, and only, head coach to receive a one year suspension, resulting from the Saints' bounty scandal. Payton's suspension had been scheduled to last past the Super Bowl.

The NFL today announced Commissioner Roger Goodell had reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. Here is the press release from the NFL about the reinstatement:

Following a meeting yesterday with New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Coach Payton from his season-long suspension, effective immediately.

Coach Payton acknowledged in the meeting his responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff and players and pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL and ensure that his staff and players do so as well.

"We had a very productive discussion," said Commissioner Goodell. "Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels.We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that."

As a result, Coach Payton may attend the Senior Bowl this week and resume his duties as head coach of the Saints.

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