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Saints coach Payton tears MCL, breaks leg in collision

CBSSports.com wire reports

TAMPA, Florida -- New Orleans coach Sean Payton tore the MCL and fractured the tibia in his left leg following a collision on the sideline of the Saints game with Tampa Bay Sunday.

Payton fell to the ground and got his leg caught underneath Saints tight end Jimmy Graham when he was tackled by a Bucs defender early in the first quarter.

Payton stayed down while receiving medical attention before being helped to the bench.

He remained there with his leg propped on the bench, but kept on his headset.

The Saints players alternated clearing out their two sideline benches between possessions to allow Payton to see from his seat until he was driven off the field on a golf cart with 3:40 left in the first half.

He was not on the sideline to begin the second half.

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