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NFL: No timetable for Payton's return

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The NFL said there is no timetable set for when suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton can return to the team, the New Times-Picayune reported Saturday.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said that a recent ESPN report that Payton will not be able to apply for reinstatement until Feb. 4 was not accurate.

Payton was suspended for the 2012 season because of the team's "bounty" scandal.

Payton would not comment but interim coach Joe Vitt said earlier in the week that he expects Payton to return to the team's facility on Feb. 4.

"That's what I've been led to expect, yeah," Vitt said. "I think midnight of the Super Bowl. He'll be back here at 12:01, I'd assume."

The Saints and Payton recently agreed to a five-year contract that pays him a league-high $8 million per season.

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