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NFL Notebook: Commissioner lifts suspension of Saints coach Payton

This Jan. 17, 2012 file photo shows New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton smiling during a news conference at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Payton following a season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty scandal. The announcement comes Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, a day after Payton met with Goodell. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 8:26 p.m.

Sean Payton is back as coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program was lifted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected.

The decision allows Payton to attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, where some of the top college players available for the NFL Draft will be competing.

Jets coach Ryan uninjured in 3-car accident

Jets coach Rex Ryan was uninjured in a three-car accident in eastern Pennsylvania last week.

A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Ryan was issued a warning and no citation after the accident Jan. 14 in Bethlehem, located about 45 minutes from the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J.

No one in the other two cars was injured in the accident, which was first reported by

Ryan, who is in Mobile, Ala., for Senior Bowl practices with several members of the Jets' front office, including new general manager John Idzik, did not comment.

NFL looking into Brady's slide vs Ravens

The NFL is looking into Tom Brady's leg-up slide that hit Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC Championship Game.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday “any play of that nature is routinely reviewed.”

Brady could be subject to a fine if the league believes he violated any player safety rules.

NFL hopes to decide Pro Bowl future by April

The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game.

NFL executive vice president of Football Operations Ray Anderson told reporters of the timing at a news conference Tuesday to kick off this year's Pro Bowl week in Honolulu.

Jones: Garrett could give up play-calling role

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that coach Jason Garrett may give up play-calling duties on offense.

Speaking to reporters at Senior Bowl practices, Jones said offensive line coach Bill Callahan could inherit play-calling duties, but stopped short of saying a decision had been made.

Garrett kept calling plays after he was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach when Wade Phillips was fired during the 2010 season.

Former Raider Brown vents about Callahan

Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown said former coach Bill Callahan “sabatoged” the team's chances in their 48-21 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Brown told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday that Callahan changed the team's game plan at the last minute “because Callahan and Buccaneers coach (Jon) Gruden were good friends. And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years.”

Gruden had been the coach of the Raiders from 1998-01, and Callahan was his offensive coordinator. When Gruden moved on to Tampa for the ‘02 season, Callahan was made head coach, and the two wound up in the Super Bowl against each other.

Around the league

New Browns coach Rob Chudzinski hired Joe Cullen as his defensive line coach, Louie Cioffi to coach the defensive backs and Shane Steichen as offensive quality control coach. ... The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator. ... Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was added to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

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