It's been nearly two years since a soaking-wet Sean Payton was carried off the field following his New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
After a collision last week injured his knee and left leg, Payton won't be on the sidelines for Sunday night's rematch, while Manning won't be on the field once again for the winless Colts.
Payton was hurt during New Orleans' 26-20 loss at Tampa Bay when tight end Jimmy Graham was tackled into him. The coach had surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus and a broken tibia.
Payton will likely be confined to the press box during his recovery, which is expected to take three to six months, meaning the Saints (4-2) will have to adjust quickly.
"He's just got a kind of presence and moxie that when you're on the sideline you look for," guard Carl Nicks said. "He's yelling and he's calling the plays. He's getting everybody situated. You can take it for granted. He's our leader, you know? So it's kind of ...