(CBS) – Sean Payton, welcome back to the NFL.

The NFL reinstated Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his involvement in the team’s bounty scandal, early Tuesday morning.

Payton is now allowed to attend the Senior Bowl, hire assistants and resume all other duties of being a head coach.

“We had a very productive discussion,” said Commissioner Goodell in a statement. “Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”



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