published Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

New Orleans Saints head coach Payton suspended for 2012 season

NEW YORK — The NFL has suspended New Orleans head football coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league indefinitely because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will review Williams' status after the upcoming season and consider whether he can return to the league.

Also today, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games. In addition, the Saints are being fined $500,000 and forfeit second-round draft picks this year and in 2013.

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