Saints suspensions upheld

Not surprisingly, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of the members of the New Orleans Saints staff in regards to the "Bounty-gate" scandal on Monday.

It was Goodell who leveled the stiff discipline at the Saints and their coaches and front office to begin with in the matter. Payton will miss all of the 2012 season, while Loomis will miss the first eight regular season games of this year. Vitt will be suspended for the first six games of the year.

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was regarded as the mastermind of the bounty system in New Orleans, did not appeal his indefinite suspension in the matter.

The NFL released a statement on the matter that read in part that the Saints staff is expected to cooperate in any further proceedings and in helping to develop a program that encourages proper sportsmanship and helps to eliminate such bounty programs in the future.

"The club and the individuals will be expected to cooperate in any further proceedings and to assist in the development and implementation of programs to instruct players and coaches at all levels on principles of player safety, fair play, and sportsmanship," the statement read.

If they cooperate, the Saints staff could be eligible to have some of the fines they incurred to be reduced.

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