NFL: Payton, Loomis, Vitt may attend Saints game

METAIRIE (AP) — The NFL has granted

permission for Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis

and assistant head

coach Joe Vitt to attend New Orleans' home game Sunday night

against San Diego, in which Drew Brees can break a tie with Johnny

Unitas for the NFL record of consecutive regular-season games with

a touchdown pass.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says Brees, tied

with Unitas at 47, asked that Payton, Loomis and Vitt be allowed to

attend even

as they continue to serve suspensions of various lengths in

connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. Aiello says the

three suspended members of the organization may watch the game

from a private area and may not have contact with the team.

Unitas set the record from 1956 to 1960. Brees tied it Sunday at Green Bay, throwing for three scores.