Decision On Saints Appeals For Bounty Scandal Expected Soon

When several members of the New Orleans Saints, including head coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis, decided to appeal their punishments for the bounty scandal, many figured it was simply to buy themselves more time in order to get their ducks in a row before the suspensions take effect. If that's the case, they won't be buying much time. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Darren Rovell of CNBC that a decision on the appeals from the Saints will likely come by the end of the week.

The deadline to appeal is Monday. Payton and Loomis have both appealed their suspensions, as have the Saints organization, who were docked two draft picks and fined $500,000. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has, at this moment, opted not to appeal his indefinite suspension.

Goodell's decision shouldn't take long considering the Saints likely don't have much new evidence to present. Goodell is the one who handed down the original ruling and he's the one who will be hearing the appeal, so the thinking is that the appeals won't do any good.

But the appeal will give Payton a few more days until he's officially suspended. That might be enough time to lure an interim coach, such as Bill Parcells.

For more on the Saints punishment, stay tuned SB Nation's ongoing StoryStream and head over to the Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles.

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