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Goodell won't stop Saints, Parcells

NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he won't stand in the way if the Saints ask Bill Parcells to take over as interim coach for suspended Sean Payton.

"That's their decision. They need to make those decisions and we'll move forward," Goodell said Monday at the opening of an NFL apparel store. "Bill's a great coach, and I'm sure (he) will add a lot of personality and intrigue."

Before the Saints pick someone to run the team this year, Goodell has to rule on Payton's appeal of his seasonlong suspension, along with the appeals of shorter suspensions to assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis and penalties handed down to the team.

Goodell expects to hear the appeals this week, and hopes to rule shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, league officials met with NFL Players' Association representatives about penalties for players who took part in the bounty program.

The union has asked the league to provide all the information from the investigation that revealed 22 to 27 defensive players were part of the Saints' pay-for-pain bounty pool.

Goodell said the league has given the NFLPA two confidential reports on the investigation.

"I think we all need to move forward," he said. "We've been open about what we've been able to find. We released it publicly."

LEAF ARRESTED AGAIN: Ex-quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again just days after posting bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said. Leaf's arrest Friday came after police in Montana found oxycodone pills that an acquaintance said Leaf stole from his home. Leaf posted a $76,000 bond, then was arrested again Monday after homeowners picked him out of a photo lineup as a man they said they found in their house, claiming to have the wrong address. They said after he left, three bottles of medication were missing.

DUERSON FUND: The family and friends of late Bears star Dave Duerson started a program to help high school and middle school athletes in his hometown of Muncie, Ind., who suffer head injuries. Duerson suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repeated brain trauma, before killing himself a year ago.

UNIFORM CHANGE: Nike is marking its takeover in the manufacture of the league's uniforms with a gala unveiling today in New York. The design details are a secret as the apparel maker takes over from Reebok. Nike is perhaps most famous in football circles for reinventing the look of the Oregon Ducks — repeatedly, to the point where the school now has five different helmets, seven jerseys and six pants for 210 uniform combinations, not counting socks and shoes.

LIONS: Police say running back Mikel Leshoure was caught chewing marijuana at a recent traffic stop in southwestern Michigan. The March 12 incident came less than a month after police in a different community say they caught Leshoure with marijuana. The Detroit Free-Press reported that Leshoure failed to show for his arraignment for the latest incident.

RAMS: Torry Holt, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, will sign a one-day contract on Wednesday, then retire. Also, former Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar signed as a free agent, reported.

VIKINGS: Receiver and former Florida star Percy Harvin posted on Twitter that he needs shoulder surgery, according to, and expects to be back for summer workouts.

Goodell won't stop Saints, Parcells 04/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 2, 2012 9:04pm]
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