One of the most confusing developments on Sunday was the decision of the NFL to temporarily unshun Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, allowing him to attend Sunday’s win over the Seahawks.
So will Williams now be permitted to show up for other St. Louis games?
“He requested permission to attend this game after being invited by a friend,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT on Sunday. “Permission was granted for this game. He will not have contact with players or staff.”
The key phrase could be “this game.” It implies that an open-extended exception hasn’t been granted to Williams, who is suspended indefinitely, with the possibility of reinstatement after the 2012 season ends.
It remains to be seen whether deposed Saints head coach Sean Payton can score a similar dispensation if, say, a “friend” invites Payton to be present at the Superdome for Sunday night’s game between the Chargers and Saints, which likely will include quarterback Drew Brees breaking the closest thing the NFL has to a DiMaggio record.