NFL, Sean Payton have not spoken about reinstatement

  • Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 at 03:26 p.m.

No one from the NFL office has communicated with suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton about reinstatement, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday.

It was reported Wednesday that Payton and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had begun talks about reinstatement.

"I don't want to say he could be because, again, we are in the early stages," Goodell said after the December Special League Meeting in Dallas. "We are starting to talk about it."

Aiello said there have only been internal discussions on the topic but none have included Payton.

The league initially said Payton could apply for reinstatement from his season-long suspension on Feb.4.