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Suspensions upheld for New Orleans Saints; Payton's begins in one week

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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

Well the news has finally come down and it’s what many knew would happen for New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt regarding their suspension appeals.

All three suspensions for them will be upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with some added tweaks.  Payton will not begin his suspension until a week from now on April 16.

This will give Payton some more time to help the team get squared away for his absence along the lines of the NFL Draft, operations, and the possibility of helping bring Bill Parcells out of retirement to help guide the team.

The Commissioner said that financial penalties could be reduced for all three if “they embrace the opportunity and participate in a constructive way”.

Consideration is also being given to the team itself and Goodell would “consider whether there are factors that would support modifying the forfeiture of the team’s 2013 second-round draft choice”.

At the end of the suspensions, Goodell said he will review each one to “determine their eligibility for reinstatement”.

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