Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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With the Super Bowl rapidly approaching and the city of New Orleans being the host city, the fans of New Orleans now have a little more to cheer about. After serving a season long suspension for his involvement in the ‘Bounty-gate’ scandal, Sean Payton has been reinstated immediately as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Gregg Rosenthal reported that after a meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Sean Payton on Monday the league publicly disclosed news of the reinstatement on Tuesday. Payton’s return comes just in time for the organization to begin preparing for the NFL draft with the head coach initiating the scouting process by attending the Senior Bowl this upcoming weekend. The Saints released this statement issued by Sean Payton,             “I am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement. As I stated back in March, ‘I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program.'.........I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year. I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!” Payton’s reinstatement comes at the culmination of a lackluster season for the Saints after finishing with a 7-9 overall record, their first losing season since 2007, but the franchise finished ranked first in average pass yards per game with 312.3 yards, and third in average points scored per game with 28.8 points, according to NFL.com. Gregg Williams, the former defensive coordinator for the Saints, remains suspended indefinitely. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.thenflinjuryreport.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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