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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton obscures his face as he watches his team in the first quarter of the NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. New Orleans won 35-32. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Saints deny that Kenny Vaccaro will be benched this week against the Chicago Bears.

"Well, I'd say this, two things: That's inaccurate -- it's one report that's been picked up by a multiple amount of people," Payton said. "I would say it's inaccurate -- he's going to play a ton for us. The role he plays -- I'll leave it at that. I would say it's very inaccurate."

Payton refused to elaborate on whether Vaccaro's role would change this week, but both parties admit that a meeting took place and Vaccaro said that what occured behind closed doors was an eye-opening experience for him and that it changed his career.

"It just kind of revamped me. It's a long season," Vaccaro said. "I had a lot of success as a rookie. I wouldn't say I got complacent, that dog in me ... it kind of started back at The Greenbrier. I forgot where I came from, like how hard it was for me to get here, how much my family went through. I support everyone in my family. That's always driven me. How dare I let up at all -- especially in my second year?

"I can't put my finger on what it was. I needed that. Coach Payton basically changed my career with that meeting."