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St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty program, has already begun the process of working toward being reinstated, NFL.com reported Wednesday, citing league sources. Williams’ advisers have contacted high-ranking NFL officials to determine what actions Williams should take during his suspension in order to apply for reinstatement, according to the report.

With proven pass rusher Will Smith facing possible league discipline for his involvement in the bounty scandal, the need for someone who can bring pressure from either the outside or the interior becomes even more pronounced. Though New Orleans re-signed Marcus Colston and appears well set at wide receiver, don’t discount the club using one of its five choices on adding another target for Drew Breesand the league’s best passing attack.

The rules for Coach Sean Payton‘s suspension seem to just get stiffer. Originally, the NFL described his punishment as one that barred him from “football and operational” communication with New Orleans Saints players and employees. Now, however, the letter of the law has been put in play and Payton is essentially a persona non grata for the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL schedule annually offers highly anticipated traditional divisional matchups — Ravens-Steelers, Bears-Packers, Jets-Patriots, anything in the NFC East and, more recently, the Week 17 slate intradivisional smorgasbord. But here are 10 other juicy games — and it was awfully hard to winnow the list to 10 — that almost certainly will help drive the league’s ever-lofty TV ratings and whet fans’ seemingly bottomless appetites for NFL football:

We’re officially only one week away from the NFL draft. That means we’re hitting the home stretch in our look at the best first-round picks of the last 10 years. ATL has already put inarguable rankings on the best quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends. Today we look at the divas. Although the players at the top of the list are decidedly low key. As always, our rankings are a mix of past production and future expectation. To put it another way: Who would you have wanted to draft if you were a GM?

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