Sean Payton will undergo knee surgery this morning

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton typically is extra guarded when it comes to injury information.

But the news is out in him. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Payton will have surgery this morning to repair his left knee, which was injured on the sideline during Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On the third play from scrimmage, tight end Jimmy Graham was tackled and went into Payton, tearing the MCL in his left knee. He also suffered a fractured tibia, or broken knee.

"It's just one of those things, the play kind of got up on me quicker," Payton said as he left on crutches. "I think the second part of the tackle seemed maybe all of a sudden. I mean, every once in a while you feel like you get pinned with the play and that's what happened."

Payton had to spend the second half in the locker room after his injury was diagnosed. There was fear he could do further damage trying to get to the coaches’ box or returning to the sideline.

"I have surgery in the morning, think it's day in, night, the next day out," Payton said. "So hopefully Tuesday I'm back in the office."

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