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Saints' Payton Begins Career Rehabilitation

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His one-year league suspension has yet to even start, he continues to mull over his appeal options, and it's still far from clear as to who will replace him this season in New Orleans on an interim basis. But in reality, Sean Payton began focusing on the rest of his NFL head coaching career here Tuesday morning, taking a first fledgling step in the attempt to restore a reputation that has been badly damaged by the Saints bounty scandal.

Meeting with the media Tuesday morning in The Breakers hotel, where the NFL's annual meeting is being conducted, Payton, for the first time, took questions on his role in the bounty program.

Payton was at times both contrite and evasive in the almost 18-minute interview, but just showing up and talking here at the league meeting...

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