Moments ago ESPN reporter Adam Shefter tweeted the news Saints fans have been waiting all year long to hear.

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NFL.com has since confirmed the news.

Payton met with Commissioner Goodell Monday to discuss his season long suspension. Payton reportedly acknowledged his responsibility for the actions of his players and coaching staff leading Goodell to announce Payton's reinstatement early Tuesday morning.

According to an NFL.com story,

"We had a very productive discussion," Goodell said in a statement. "Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that."

The reinstatement means Payton will be able to resume his roll as acting Saints Head Coach immediately.