POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:18am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:55am
New Orleans, LA (NBC SPORTS) — The Saints have their head coach back.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced Tuesday morning that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Payton from his suspension effective immediately. Aiello told PFT that there was nothing to report on Payton’s reinstatement a week ago while also refuting a report there would be no action taken until after the Super Bowl.
There was a meeting on Monday between Payton and Goodell, which led to the end of the suspension right away.
Payton is now free to attend the Senior Bowl, hire assistants to fill holes on his staff and otherwise resume the duties of being the head coach of the Saints.
Aiello saud he “acknowledged in the meeting his responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff and players and pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL.”