Williams meets with NFL investigators

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Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams met yesterday with NFL investigators looking into a bounty system he ran in New Orleans.

Commissioner Roger Goodell did not attend the meeting.

Williams was summoned to New York after apologizing for and admitting to overseeing the program the last three seasons with a pool that reached $50,000. Payoffs were made for inflicting game-ending injuries on targeted players.

Williams now is Rams defensive coordinator, a position he also held in Tennessee, Washington and Jacksonville. He was the Bills' head coach from 2001-03. The investigation likely will zero in on those teams, too.

Saints owner Tom Benson isn't backing off on his support of general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton, according to a team official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

While Benson cooperates with the NFL's investigation, the official said he is standing behind Loomis and Payton -- even though the league says they knew about the bounties.

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