Payton reportedly plans to appeal suspension
Saints coach Sean Payton has decided to file an appeal of his season-long suspension with the NFL today, a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press. The unnamed source—who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the Saints have officially announced the appeal—says Payton's filing will also ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his guidance on the parameters of the suspension. Goodell's suspension of Payton is to go into effect Sunday. It stems from Payton's alleged role in connection with the Saints' bounty system, which offered improper cash bonuses for big hits that either knocked opponents out of games or left them needing help off of the field. Goodell said at NFL meetings earlier this week in Florida that Payton could have some contact with the team if he appeals, but did not go into detail. The commissioner has also said the Saints coach would be allowed to continue working while the appeal process played out, but also that the appeal would be expedited, indicating that Payton would not likely be able to add on much work time should his appeal be upheld. The NFL could not immediately provide details today on how Payton's decision to file an appeal would affect the timeline for the process to play out. The results of the appeal could affect whether Bill Parcells comes out of retirement to take over as interim coach while his former offensive assistant and protégé is suspended. Read the full story here.
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