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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
No Sean Payton at breakfast

By Pat Yasinskas

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Just a real quick note on the New Orleans Saints from the NFC coaches breakfast at the owners meetings.

The Saints weren’t represented. There were tables with team-logoed signs and the name of the coach for the other 15 NFC coaches. There was no table for the Saints. As best as I could tell, all 15 other NFC coaches showed up.

Sean Payton did not. That’s not a surprise at all. Payton addressed the media about his punishment for the Saints’ bounty program on Tuesday.

At that time, Payton said he was planning on spending only one day at the owners meetings. He said he’s more focused on trying to get things in order before his one-year suspension begins April 1, although Payton also said he still is considering the possibility of appealing the punishment.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell previously said April 2 is the deadline for Payton to appeal. If Payton does appeal, Goodell said he would wait on starting the suspension. But Goodell also said a decision on the appeal would come very quickly.