Sean Payton added New Orleans linebackers coach Joe Vittto the injury report on Wednesday, saying Vitt will likely be listed as “doubtful” on the team’s official report Friday.
Payton was joking, of course.
In reality, even with a torn Achilles tendon and broken wrist, Vitt would have to be listed as probable. The injuries he suffered chasing would-be car thieves away from his own car have not forced him to miss work.
“(That is) typical Joe Vitt (in that) he was wanting to get back to work,” Payton said. “He hates when he has to rely on someone driving him to work or carrying something for him.”
Payton has known Vitt long enough that he can have a little fun with the assistant coach, joking that Vitt usually asks for help “opening emails or stuff he’s unable to do when healthy.”
There’s also some concern and some pride over Vitt’s decision to defend his property, but Payton had no problem joking a little since the assistant coach is back at work.
“I think a little bit of all of it,” Payton said. “Obviously, he’s someone I’m close to.”
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