According to an ESPN.com report, the NFL will hear the appeal of New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis, assistant Joe Vitt and the team on Tuesday in New York. The report jibes with what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week when he said any appeals would be expedited. Payton was to begin his season-long suspension Sunday. Loomis’ eight-game suspension doesn’t begin until Week 1 of the regular season. Vitt, the team’s linebackers coach and assistant head coach, is facing a six-game suspension. The Saints have been fined $500,000 and docked two second-round picks (2012, 2013).
The NFL Players Association has agreed to meet with the NFL in New York this week to review and discuss the findings in two confidential reports the league provided the union on the New Orleans Saints “bounty” scandal, according to SI.com. A source told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche on Friday that the league had contacted the NFLPA to let the union know it was willing to share additional details from its investigation.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton agreed to speak at the BigWhit77 Foundation this weekend in hopes of helping West Monroe native and Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth raise money for his charity. Whitworth’s fourth annual event raised $98,500 in live auction items alone and the money will go toward helping send high school students to college, as well as helping raise money for Broaden Horizons, a faith-based after- school program for at-risk youth.
The Carolina Panthers‘ signing of Mike Tolbert added to their already crowded backfield of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but the Panthers don’t necessarily view Tolbert in the same light as their two top backs. The Panthers’ intention to feature Tolbert as a fullback makes it seem they will be unlikely to move Stewart, who has one year left on his rookie contract. When the Panthers first signed Tolbert, there was speculation that the Stewart could become expendable, but general manager Marty Hurney recently reiterated to the Observer that team isn’t shopping Stewart.
After going down with a knee injury during the New England Patriots loss in Super Bowl XLVI linebacker Brandon Spikes says his recovery is going well following an arthroscopic surgery that took place a few weeks ago.