Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was seen greeting and hugging quarterback Drew Brees and assistant coach Joe Vitt on Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
Payton cannot have contact -- even informal, non-football conversation -- with anyone on the Saints or any other NFL team without notifying the league. But Payton received permission from the NFL to attend Saturday's ceremony, although he cannot be at Sunday's Hall of Fame Game between the Saints and Arizona Cardinals.
The NFL suspended Payton for the 2012 season because of his role in the Saints' "bounty" program, which rewarded defensive players with cash for injuring opponents on the field. Vitt, who will fill in for Payton this season, will serve a six-game ban.
Two Saints-affiliated players were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Offensive tackle Willie Roaf played for the Saints from 1993 to 2001, and former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy worked as an advisor for the Saints after retiring from playing.
"Thanks for taking me to the Super Bowl," Kennedy said during his enshrinement speech. "That ring looks good on my finger."