Updated 4:37 p.m. ET on Friday, March 30
Saints head coach Sean Payton will appeal his yearlong suspension for his role in the team’s bounty scandal on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.
Per the report, Payton is expected to seek guidance on how much time he will have to prepare his appeal. He is also expected to attempt to obtain more details from the NFL reports on the evidence against him.
April 2 was the deadline for Payton to appeal. Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters earlier in the week that an appeals process would be expedited.
Gregg Williams, who received an indefinite suspension from Goodell, will not appeal, according to the report.
According to Pro Football Talk, GM Mickey Loomis separately appealed his punishment — an eight-game suspension. Per Judy Battista of the New York Times, the Saints' organization appelaed its punishment of a $500,000 fine and the loss of draft picks.
The way we see it
It is not expected that Payton will win the appeal, considering Goodell, who handed down the suspension, makes the decision. However, this does give Payton some more time to help put the Saints in good position for 2012. Payton has been talking with Bill Parcells about potentially taking over as head coach in the interim.