Goodell likely to rule in Bountygate appeals by end of week

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is allowed to remain on the job while he appeals his season-long suspension, that was supposed to begin Sunday, for his role in the Bountygate scandal.

So, Payton can work today while he prepares for the appeal, that will take place tomorrow. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pledged the appeal process would be expedited, and he backed that up this morning.

According to Judy Battista of the New York Times, Goodell said this morning on CNBC that he will rule on the appeals likely by the end of the week. So, that gives Payton a couple days – at most – after the appeal is complete.

Presumably, Payton is putting a plan in place for while he is gone. The Saints are believed to be pursuing Bill Parcells as an interim coach. Because Goodell is the one who handed down the suspension, and because Payton has already met with him twice, it’s unlikely anything new will be introduced that will lead him to change his mind.

Stay tuned.

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

Upcoming Games

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +3 -110

Minnesota -3 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Tennessee +3 -110

Indianapolis -3 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -2 -110

New England +2 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -7 -110

Jacksonville +7 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Miami -7 -110

NY Jets +7 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -3 +100

Atlanta +3 +100

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

NY Giants -6 -110

Cincinnati +6 -110

@

Nov 29th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +4.5 -110

Buffalo -4.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

San Francisco +6.5 -110

LA Rams -6.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:05 PM

New Orleans -15.5 -110

Denver +15.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 4:25 PM

Kansas City -3.5 -110

Tampa Bay +3.5 -110

@

Nov 29th, 8:20 PM

Chicago +9.5 -110

Green Bay -9.5 -110

@

Nov 30th, 8:15 PM

Seattle -6 -110

Philadelphia +6 -110

@

Dec 1st, 8:00 PM

Baltimore +8.5 -110

Pittsburgh -8.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland +4 -110

Tennessee -4 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -3 -120

Houston +3 -120

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Detroit +5.5 -105

Chicago -5.5 -105

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Jacksonville +9.5 -115

Minnesota -9.5 -115

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas -7.5 -110

NY Jets +7.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans -3.5 -110

Atlanta +3.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Washington +10.5 -110

Pittsburgh -10.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati +10.5 -110

Miami -10.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:05 PM

NY Giants +7.5 -110

Seattle -7.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:05 PM

LA Rams -1.5 -110

Arizona +1.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:25 PM

New England +2.5 -110

LA Chargers -2.5 -110

@

Dec 6th, 4:25 PM

Philadelphia +7 -110

Green Bay -7 -110

@

Dec 6th, 8:20 PM

Denver +13 -110

Kansas City -13 -110

@