Payton, Vitt plan to appeal
NEW ORLEANS - Saints coach Sean Payton is seeking relief from the NFL for his role in New Orleans' bounty system. And so is his assistant, Joe Vitt. Payton has decided to file an appeal with the league on his season-long suspension, a person familiar with the decision said. Not long after that, Vitt's agent said his client was doing the same for his six-game suspension. Payton's appeal will also ask NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his guidance on the parameters of the suspension, the person told The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the league and the Saints have not announced Payton's plan to appeal.David Cornwell said in an email to the AP that he and his client had talked about Vitt's appeal. ProFootballTalk.com first reported Vitt's decision. Goodell last week announced the suspension of Payton, starting Sunday, for his role in connection with New Orleans' 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. EAGLES: Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has ruptured his right Achilles and is expected to miss the season. Peters injured his leg while training in Texas on Tuesday. A five-time Pro Bowler, Peters is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. LEGAL: What began last summer as a couple of cases with a handful of plaintiffs is growing week by week, and soon perhaps more than 1,000 former football players will be suing the NFL in federal court in Philadelphia. Attorney Craig Mintick says he plans to add about 70 more players in a filing Friday. JETS: Tim Tebow says he is "not sure" if he'll ever be a starting quarterback again, and that thought doesn't concern him right now. New York's new backup quarterback told 1050 ESPN Radio on Friday that his only plan is to help his new team win games and "be the best quarterback, best teammate, best football player I can be and just be someone that adds something to that locker room." PATRIOTS: New England has re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch and signed free-agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen. Branch had 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns last season. TRADE: The Panthers announced they've traded running back Mike Goodson to the Raiders in exchange for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell. DOLPHINS: Miami linebacker Koa Misi has been arrested on a warrant from California on charges stemming from a bar fight several months ago. GIANTS: The NFL has suspended running back Andre Brown for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances.
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