Gregg Williams Bountygate suspension lifted; coach joins Titans' staff

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Oct. 2, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams talks with safety Roman Harper (41) and linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) during the second half at EverBank Field. The Saints defeated the Jaguars 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE
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Jim Wyatt, USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has reinstated suspended coach Gregg Williams and the Titans have hired him as senior assistant/defense, the team announced Thursday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Williams indefinitely last year for his role in the "Bountygate" program as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL released a statement about Williams:

"Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated. The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game. The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance."

Wyatt writes for the Tennessean.

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