METAIRIE — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton underwent successful surgery Monday morning at Ochsner Medical Center to repair a left tibia plateau fracture and lateral meniscal tear.
Dr. Deryk Jones, the team’s orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery with assistance from Dr. Misty Suri.
According to a news release from the team, the surgery lasted three hours. Payton will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.
Payton was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium when three players, including Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, accidentally rolled into him on the sideline at the end of a play.
“The surgery went very well,” said Jones. “We plan to keep him overnight tonight for observations and have him home tomorrow.
“I anticipate Coach Payton returning to the office sometime Wednesday or Thursday,” he said. “The recovery period for this type of surgery is three to six months. I would anticipate him being able to put partial weight on it in about eight weeks.”
Assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt filled in for Payton at his usual day-after-game news conference on Monday.
Before leaving the stadium for the chartered flight back to New Orleans, Payton said he expected to be back in his office on Tuesday.
Tuesday is the day the coaching staff installs the game plan for the next game, which is Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.