New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. The reinstatement ends a season-long suspension for his alleged involvement in the Saints bounty scandal. The suspension was scheduled to run through the 2013 Super Bowl, but it was ended two weeks early courtesy of Goodell.

Goodell said Payton "pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL" during a meeting Monday, according to the league's official news release:

"We had a very productive discussion," said Commissioner Goodell. "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."