Report: Gregg Williams eyes return

Updated: April 20, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, already has begun the process of working toward being reinstated, NFL.com reported Wednesday, citing league sources.

Williams' advisers have contacted high-ranking NFL officials to determine what actions Williams should take during his suspension in order to apply for reinstatement, according to the report.

According to an NFL investigation, Williams, as the Saints' defensive coordinator, took an active role in administering a pay-for-performance program, offering monetary rewards for hits that resulted in opponents being carted off the field or knocked out of games.

Earlier this month, video footage was released showing Williams, speaking to the Saints before their playoff game last season against the San Francisco 49ers, instructing players to injure 49ers players and target specific areas of the body.

Those who have been in contact with Williams said he has been focused on how he can emerge from the suspension as a better coach and bring about positive change from his experience, according to NFL.com.

The NFL previously has worked with suspended players and staff to develop a framework for earning reinstatement -- most notably, in the case of quarterback Michael Vick, when he sought a return to football after serving a federal prison sentence for his role in financing a dogfighting ring.

For Williams, the requirements could include speeches and outreach work to promote player safety and sportsmanship. Williams already has expressed his willingness to do whatever he's asked, league sources said, according to the report.

Williams apologized for his role in the bounty program after his suspension was announced, saying, "I accept full responsibility for my actions," and pledging to do what it takes to earn back the respect he has lost.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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