Saints GM Loomis returns after eight-game suspension

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METAIRIE, La. — Having served his eight-game suspension in connection with the NFL’s bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis returned to work at team headquarters in time to deal with a variety of unsettled personnel issues and off-the-field distractions.

His immediate tasks include clearing up the status of Sean Payton’s five-year contract extension, which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has so far refused to approve since the coach signed it in 2011.

Loomis also will have to oversee contingency plans in the event defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have to serve their own bounty suspensions, which so far have been delayed.

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