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Payton, others appeal bounty ban

NEW ORLEANS — Saints coach Sean Payton is appealing his seasonlong suspension from the NFL for his role in the team's bounty system. And he's not the only one looking for a little relief from the penalties handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell.

General manager Mickey Loomis, assistant Joe Vitt and the Saints organization decided to appeal on Friday.

Payton will also ask Goodell for guidance on the parameters of the suspension, which runs through next year's Super Bowl.

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed Loomis was appealing his eight-game suspension and, separately, the team would challenge its $500,000 fine and loss of second-round draft picks this year and in 2013.

Vitt, suspended for six games, is doing the same, according to David Cornwell, who is representing Vitt as head of the NFL Coaches Association.

Goodell last week announced the suspension of Payton, starting Sunday, for his role in connection with the bounty system, which offered improper cash bonuses for big hits that either knocked opponents out of games or left them needing help off of the field.

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who left the Saints after last season to join the Rams, ran the bounty program and has been suspended indefinitely.

The commissioner has said since the unprecedented penalties were announced that the Saints' coach would likely be allowed to continue working as his appeal was resolved.

The results of the appeal could affect whether Bill Parcells comes out of retirement to take over as interim coach.

At a spring training baseball game in Jupiter, Parcells declined to answer questions about the possibility.

"I know better than that," Parcells said.

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TRADE: The Raiders acquired running back Mike Goodson from the Panthers for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell. Oakland also agreed to a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent outside linebacker Philip Wheeler.

LEAF ARREST: Former quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Montana on charges of felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, ESPN.com reported.

BENGALS: Unrestricted free agent linebacker Manny Lawson agreed to a new deal to stay with the team.

DOLPHINS: Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested linebacker Koa Misi, with the player facing a battery with serious injury charge filed by police in California. Details were not immediately known; Misi was held with bond set at $10,000.

EAGLES: Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles' tendon in a football drill this week. He is scheduled for surgery Tuesday and, with the recovery typically taking eight or nine months, is likely to miss this season.

GIANTS: The league suspended reserve running back Andre Brown for the first four games of 2012 for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

PATRIOTS: Wide receiver Deion Branch, 32, re-signed and free agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen signed.

Payton, others appeal bounty ban 03/30/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:01am]

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