The setback Delvin Breaux suffered in his recovery from a stress fracture of his left fibula will force Breaux to stay on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

Breaux, who was on schedule to return to the field against Tampa Bay, suffered a setback late last week.

"He's going to remain on injured reserve," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. 

Breaux's season has been star-crossed. Originally slated to be the Saints' No. 1 cornerback, Breaux suffered a stress fracture of the fibula in training camp that was initially misdiagnosed as a contusion, a mistake that led to the organization's decision to fire its orthopedists.

The third-year cornerback underwent surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and leg specialist, in Green Bay, and had the plate in his leg extended. Breaux was placed on injured reserve with the intent to bring him back, and he returned to practice the past two weeks, but the leg simply wasn't ready for Breaux to play in a game. 

"I wouldn't call it a saga, it's a setback," Payton said. "You want your players healthy. The rehab's going well; he's worked hard and diligent. You know, it's still not 100 percent, but it is going well on all the indications we have. When we do the scans and the testing, it shows it healing properly."

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