Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/30/12

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is expected to appeal his one-year suspension in connection with the team's bounty program.

NFL.com, citing a league source, reported that Payton will attempt to obtain the full investigative report from the NFL on the evidence against him and seek clarification on how much time he has to prepare his appeal.

The suspension was scheduled to begin on April 1.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has promised a swift appeals process if Payton decides to go that route.

Along with Payton's punishment, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant coach Joe Vitt for six games.

The Saints were also fined $500,000 and forced to forfeit their second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts.

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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