Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/9/12

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 18: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (R) speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee with NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw (L) and Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Coach Mike Ditka (C) on Capitol Hill September 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. Former players and league officials appeared before the committee for a hearing on the 'NFL Retirement System,' focusing on the current compensation system for retirees with claims of advanced injuries that became symptomatic after retiring from the NFL. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis on Monday.

The initial suspensions were levied in the wake of the team's bounty program, which the Saints used over a three-year period.

Payton will serve a one-year suspension beginning April 16, Loomis will miss eight games and Vitt will sit out six, per their original punishments.

The Saints were initially fined $500,000 and forced to forfeit their second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts. The financial numbers may be lowered, Goodell noted on Monday.

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who implemented the bounty program, has been suspended indefinitely by Goodell.

Payton has since apologized for the bounty scandal and approached legendary coach Bill Parcells about possibly taking over the Saints on an interim basis.

The Saints had a bounty program in place from 2009 through 2011 with incentives offered for injuring opposing players.

Goodell has yet to announce punishments against New Orleans players. An NFL probe revealed that 22 to 27 players were involved in the bounty program.

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