“Aw, the Saints are in trouble!”
“My goodness, I couldn't believe it. I said, ‘Oh boy is he hurting!’”
Saints fans react after Payton takes a damaging hit for the first time in his career. Today he was released from the hospital after having surgery, but he won't be back to normal any time soon.
“His foot looked like it remained planted in the ground so that the knee took all the impact,” says West Jefferson Rehab Connection Physical Therapist Robert Hughes.
Hughes isn't treating Payton, but says out of all the injuries to coach's leg, the fractured tibia is the most severe. “It's at least a good eight weeks that he'll be non weight bearing; meaning not able to put any weight through the leg. So he won't be able to stand and put any pressure through that leg.”
The Saints say Payton will make it out to the practice facility today for meetings, but they won't comment as to how involved he'll be during Sunday's game. They say they're taking it one day at a time, but Hughes expects Payton’s injuries will keep him off the sidelines.
“It's tough to stand on crutches for a hours; same time your unable to move quickly if he needed to again.”
Saints fan Ronald Hogan is rooting for Payton. He's been rehabbing his knees for months. “It's just time consuming. Hopefully he'll be back quickly, better than I can.”
It's just another bump in the road for the boys in black and gold; another hurdle the Saints and Who Dats will surely overcome.