Sean Payton will attend Hall of Fame induction

CANTON, Ohio — Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be attending the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony today.


Payton requested and was given permission by the NFL to attend the ceremony that includes the enshrinement of former Saints player Willie Roaf.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday that Payton also can be at a private reception for Roaf, but cannot be with the Saints or attend Sunday’s Hall of Fame game matching New Orleans and the Arizona Cardinals.

Payton was suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the Saints’ hits-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players.

PANTHERS: Coach Ron Rivera says he’s “relieved” that medical tests on linebacker Thomas Davis’ right knee were negative.

Rivera says an MRI on Thursday revealed no damage and that Davis has a strained right calf.

The former Georgia Bulldog is trying to become the first known NFL player to return from three torn ACLs to the same knee.

REDSKINS: Jarvis Jenkins was having an impressive summer in 2011.

Then the second-round draft pick from Clemson tore his right ACL in Washington’s third preseason game.

Now he’s back.

Jenkins recovered from surgery in time to participate in all of Washington’s spring workouts, but he won’t be all the way back until he plays in a game.

“It takes time just to get comfortable, get confident (enough) to be able to play full speed on it,” said defensive end Adam Carriker, who missed the 2009 season with a shoulder injury. “He’s getting there, but he missed almost a year of football.”