NFL lifts suspension of Saints coach Payton

NFL lifts suspension of Saints coach Payton

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TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 16: Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints directs play from the bench after injuring his leg in a sideline collision against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 16, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 1:55 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton following a season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty scandal.
 
The announcement comes Tuesday, a day after Payton met with Goodell. At the meeting, Payton took responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff.
 
Goodell says Payton has "fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension."
 
 Payton says in a statement that he recognized mistakes were made "which led to league violations," and adds he's "excited to be back as head coach of the New Orleans Saints."
 
Payton, along with several coaches, the general manager and four players, was suspended in connection with the league's bounty investigation that found the club had a performance pool offering cash rewards for key plays, including big hits.

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