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NFL officially reinstates Sean Payton

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02:25 PM ET 01.22 | After a year-long suspension, Roger Goodell and the NFL have officially reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton well ahead of the previously scheduled time. It was thought that Payton would be reinstated after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, but the NFL has decided Payton's suspension is over and he's free to not only attend the Super Bowl but to return to his duties as head coach of the Saints. Payton was serving a season-long suspension for his part in the bounty-gate scandal that has polarized the NFL. More importantly, his absence from the Saints' sideline was more than notable this season as it took the Saints until week 5 to get their first win of the year. While many believe Payton was unjustly punished for his part in the scandal, the head coach admits that even if he wasn't directly running the scheme, he allowed it to happen under his watch.

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January 23, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Do not look at tape of your defense Sean !

January 23, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Hopefully you learned a lesson!

January 23, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Drity drity drity.People run Suh into the ground for his play but this same people prise coachs and player that go out of their way to hurt a player just to get them out of the game.

January 23, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Just in time for Goodell's trip to New Orleans. Maybe he's hoping he won't get booed as badly.

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January 23, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Drity drity drity.People run Suh into the ground for his play but this same people prise coachs and player that go out of their way to hurt a player just to get them out of the game.

Well now...who can argue with that!

January 23, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well now...who can argue with that!

Or decipher it ?

January 23, 2013  12:47 PM ET

another Goof by goodell--- talk about having egg on your face Roger!! When it comes to being a Moron, you surely set the bar...

January 23, 2013  01:00 PM ET

Go Get Um Sean, you got a Good Team!

 
January 23, 2013  01:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Just in time for Goodell's trip to New Orleans. Maybe he's hoping he won't get booed as badly.

Note to NFL: Don't cut back on his security detail just yet.

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