Saints head coach Sean Payton reinstated, effective immediately

Sean Payton
Sean Payton

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has lifted Sean Payton's suspension effective immediately. Payton can now resume his duties as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Payton was suspended by Goodell for the 2012 season for his role in an alleged bounty-gate scandal.

According to WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Goodell said, "We had a very productive discussion. 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."

Payton will be able to attend the Senior Bowl this week.

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