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    Saints Coach Appeals NFL Ban

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    Suspended for a season after it was discovered that his Saints players were paid bonuses for deliberately targeting players on opposing teams for injury, coach Sean Payton filed an appeal of the ban with the NFL on Friday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that Payton and other Saints officials who challenge their suspensions could keep their jobs while their cases are under review. Payton has been accused by the NFL of encouraging the bounty system for Saints players, as well as about the existence of the program to league officials.

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