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Report: Saints suspensions to be upheld

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New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis' will serve his full eight-game suspension, as the NFL is expected to uphold its original ruling on the team's bounty scandal, according to an ESPN.com report.

Loomis and Saints interim coach Joe Vitt, who received a six-game ban, are scheduled to begin their suspensions Monday. Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the season, with offensive line coach Aaron Kromer serving as coach until Vitt returns in Week 7 at Tampa Bay.

New Orleans had sought to reduce or delay Loomis' sentence due Hurricane Isaac's effects on New Orleans and the surrounding area, according to a recent report by FoxSports.com, but Loomis won't be eligible to return until New Orleans home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 5, a source told ESPN.

Also on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released an open letter to fans in which he reiterated the league's stance on bounties:

"Let me be clear: there is no place for bounties in football," Goodell said in the letter. "No exceptions. No excuses. Bounties are an affront to everything that competitive sports should represent. Everyone in the NFL is responsible for adhering to these rules and we are all accountable for protecting the safety of our players -- present and future."

"The bounty prohibition forbids offering or accepting any reward - cash or otherwise - for on-field misconduct, plays that incentivize or result in injury to opposing players, or for performance against an opposing player, group of players, or team. The bounty prohibition not only preserves the competitive integrity of our game, but also protects player safety by removing incentives that could lead to dangerous play or unnecessary and/or intentional injury. As a league, we will ensure that the prohibition against bounties is clearly understood and consistently enforced. Period."
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