Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 1/22/13

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 08: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl Champion Coach Press Conference at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on February 8, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Some unexpected good news just hit twitter, as NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello has announced Sean Payton's reinstatement as head football coach of the New Orleans Saints, effective immediately. This comes two weeks early as he was scheduled to come off suspension after the Super Bowl was completed. The move, which is possibly damage control and an olive branch by Roger Goodell prior to heading to New Orleans before the Super Bowl, came to the surprise of many as it caught most by surprise, including Saints GM Mickey Loomis.  Now that Payton is back on board...  the only bounty related item that still lacks resolution is the Saints' 2nd round pick, which we're still hopeful will be returned. I'm not holding my breath, though. Welcome back coach Payton!
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