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.