Linebacker Will Smith is out for the 2013-2014 season due to a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Sean Payton is back as coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Tagliabue, however, found that the players’ conduct was detrimental to the league. He says they participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays — including hard tackles — that could justify fines.
An arbitrator has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system.
New Orleans Saints players are now added to the suspension list.