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Saints 'bounty' investigator Joe Hummel leaving post

Joe Hummel, one of the NFL's investigators in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" scandal, is leaving his post to take a senior security position at a major company, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday.

Hummel will continue to be involved in the investigation until June and report to Jeff Miller, the chief security officer who has led the process that has resulted in unprecedented discipline against the Saints. Hummel delayed accepting his new position until his role in the Saints' investigation is complete, Aiello said.

The NFL has yet to administer discipline to the 22 to 27 players it cited in a scandal in which players "funded" and "participated" in trying to harm opposing players for pay, according to league findings. Player punishment is expected to be handed down "soon" according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six games for their roles. The team was docked two second-round draft picks and fined $500,000 as well.

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