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Payton Can’t Speak to Loomis and Vitt While Suspended

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the parties in the Saints bounty suspensions had to meet certain requirements for their potential reinstatements.

One of those requirements is that they cannot speak with each other while suspended, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday, citing NFL rules.

That means once Sean Payton’s suspension kicks in April 16, he can’t speak to Mickey Loomis or Joe Vitt — or have any communication with the team — until after the Super Bowl.

Though Payton’s suspension technically ends after the Super Bowl, he has to re-apply for reinstatement and have Goodell review his status to determine if he’ll be allowed to coach in the NFL again.

Loomis and Vitt can operate as normal until the start of the regular season, but once their suspensions begin, Vitt can’t speak with anyone on the team for six games, Loomis for eight.

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