New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton suffered multiple injuries to his left leg after a sideline collision during the first quarter of the Saints' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Payton tore the MCL and fractured the tibia in his left leg because of the collision, according to multiple reports. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was tackled into Payton on the sideline, and Payton fell and got his leg caught under Graham. Payton will have surgery on his knee on Monday, according to reports.
Payton stayed on the ground for some time while receiving medical attention, and he was helped to the Saints bench by two assistants. He stayed coaching until he was carted off with 3:40 left in the second quarter.
Payton sat with his leg up on the Saints bench and kept on his headset, continuing to coach despite the injury. Saints players would clear out one of the two Saints sideline benches so Payton could see the field.
Late in the first half, though, Payton was carted off the field. He did not return in the second half.
Fox's color commentator for the game, Jim Mora Jr., noted, nowhere on your play chart does it say, 'If I blow out my knee, what are we going to go to?'
Payton's Saints, led by quarterback Drew Brees, ended up losing, 26-20, to the Buccaneers.
Watch video of the injury below: