New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis will begin serving his eight-game suspension Monday. Although there was some discussion about a possible delay because of Hurricane Isaac, nothing was ultimately changed.
Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games) and defensive end Will Smith (four games) will also begin serving their suspensions Monday -- though Smith still has some pending appeals that could return him to the field, at least on a temporary basis at some point.
"At no time did I ever tell Anthony Hargrove to lie or deny the existence (of the alleged bounty program)," Vitt said. "He can say whatever he wants to say. It just didn't happen."
Vitt said restricted free agent linebacker Jonathan Casillas officially signed his one-year tender with the Saints on Tuesday, as expected.
Saints' OL coach Aaron Kromer is expected to become New Orleans' interim HC during first six games, while Joe Vitt serves his suspension.
"I remember looking around at all the players hooked up to IVs," said Vitt. "Made you feel you were working for a MASH unit. The heat was a killer. The regular season didn't open until September, but in those days training camp got going in early July. We had two-a-days for almost two months, right into preseason. You couldn't wait for the day to come when you'd start playing games."