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NFL notes: Saints coach Payton injured

Mon., Oct. 17, 2011

New Orleans coach Sean Payton will have surgery today after tearing the MCL and fracturing the tibia in his left leg following a collision on the sideline of the Saints game with Tampa Bay.

He spent the second half in the training room watching Sunday’s game on television and gave the play calling duties over to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael.

Payton will have surgery on the leg today and will begin rehabilitation.

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.

Raider Nation honors Davis at Coliseum

Every facet of the silver and black stood together one last time to honor Raider Nation’s deceased king, Al Davis.

All stood united at the Oakland Coliseum again to pay tribute to the late owner with a simple two-letter message supplanted on the Raiders shield, spreading across helmets, shirts, posters, pins and programs: “AL.”

A video presentation of Davis’ life began playing 20 minutes before kickoff and continued throughout the game against the Cleveland Browns, the first at home since Davis died Oct. 8 of an undisclosed illness. A moment of silence was held before former Raiders offensive lineman Henry Lawrence sang the national anthem.

At halftime, Hall of Fame coach John Madden lit a caldron in an upper corner of the stadium. The public address announcer said the fire will “burn forever” for fans to remember Davis.

Hawk apologizes for obscene gesture

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk apologized for making an obscene hand gesture during a victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Hawk made the gesture toward the Packers sideline after sacking Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the second quarter. Hawk called it a “running joke” with some of his teammates and said it “wasn’t meant to get out there, for people to see.”

Hawk said he hoped to avoid a fine from the NFL, and promised not to do it again.

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