Sean Payton's season-long suspension is officially over. After a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday, the Saints head coach was reinstated earlier today and can once again take over his duties with New Orleans.
"We had a very productive discussion," Goodell said in a statement. "Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that."
It's a smart move by Goodell. After all, he does have to spend a lot of time in New Orleans over the course of the next two weeks in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. So, assuming he plans on eating in the Big Easy, this was something he simply had to do.