1. Back in the Game

    NFL Lifts Saints Coach Suspension

    A New Orleans Saints fan holds up a cutout of suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, December 30, 2012. The Panthers defeated the Saints, 44-38. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

    Jeff Siner

    “Bountygate” is so last season. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is returning to the sideline, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected. Payton was suspended last March when the league faulted him for the team’s bounty club, whereby players were rewarded for injuring opponents on the field. Suspensions for the players have all been lifted, but one problem remains: the team’s collective punishment included taking away second-round picks in 2012 and 2013, so it remains to be seen how the team will fare next during this spring’s draft pick.


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