Saints coach Payton injured on sideline collision

New Orleans coach Sean Payton will have surgery Monday after

tearing the MCL and fracturing the tibia in his left leg following

a collision on the sideline of the Saints game with Tampa Bay.

He spent the second half in the training room watching Sunday’s

game on television and gave the play calling duties over to

offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael.

Payton will have surgery on the leg Monday and will begin


Payton fell to the ground and got his leg caught underneath

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham when he was tackled by a Bucs

defender early in the first quarter.

Payton stayed down while receiving medical attention before

being helped to the bench. He remained there with his leg propped

on the bench, but kept on his headset.

The Saints players alternated clearing out their two sideline

benches between possessions to allow Payton to see from his seat

until he was driven off the field on a golf cart with 3:40 left in

the first half.