(NEW YORK) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that he has reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after serving a season-long suspension.
The decision was made after a meeting between Goodell and Payton on Monday in New Orleans. Payton is now allowed to attend Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., this week and can get back to his duties as the team’s head coach.
Goodell was suspended before last season for his role in the team’s bounty program under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
“Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during the 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,” Goodell said in a statement. “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 joined the Saints as their head coach in 2006. He won the Super Bowl with the team in 2009.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire