March 25, 2012; Palm Beach, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during an press conference at the annual NFL meetings at the Breakers Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

NFL's "Commish" hopes to have Saints appeals wrapped up by Friday

Commissioner Roger Goodell has postponed the appeals of Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt who are challenging the hefty suspensions levied by Goodell for their perceived involvement with a “Bounty” program.

Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for the teams first six games.

New Orleans was also fined $500,000 after forfeiting a 2012 and 2013 second round draft pick.

The hearing was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but extenuating circumstances demand more time for both sides to get their affairs in order.

But Goodell still expects a decision to come within days, versus the weeks a traditional appeal process would run

In fact the “Commish” would like to have things wrapped up by the end of the week after speaking on the matter earlier today.

I think we all need to move forward. I think it’s important for all of us to be open about what we’ve been able to find. We’ve released it publicly. We’ve given the NFLPA two of our confidential reports, which we’ve shared with our clubs—they’ve gotten the same report. And we’ll have the meeting today, hopefully they’ll get some more information, we’ll get a recommendation from them. We have 32 clubs. We have rules in the league. And when rules are violated for three consecutive years and they deny it, there are gonna be consequences. That’s the way it works. We have fans in 31 other markets that want to make sure the game is played the right way. I know the fans in New Orleans get frustrated by what happened, and I understand that, but they also want the game played the right way, and we’re going to ensure that.

For Sean Payton the appeal is likely more a probe on his behalf to gain clarification on just how much communication he can have with the team throughout the suspension, if any.

Loomis and Vitt could be seeking the same knowledge, but also are hoping another plea will ease Goodell into relaxing a bit.

However Goodell has remained steadfast that no penalty handed down will likely be reduced barring additional evidence that exonerates the guilty parties.

So Saints fans wait once more for Goodell to swing the “gavel” and issue judgement, don’t hold your breath for any good news.

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