New Orleans Saints fire orthopedists after misdiagnosis of Delvin Breaux injury

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Breaux had been struggling to recover from his injury, and believing it was just a bruise, the New Orleans Advocate reported Monday that they were looking to trade him. Breaux was found to have a fractured fibula after the team doctors diagnosed him with a contusion. Surgery is expected to sideline Mr. Breaux for an additional four to six weeks.

Saints coach Sean Payton was livid over the misdiagnosis, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett, and the team had reportedly had issues with the medical staff in the past.

On Tuesday night Payton spoke to the team about the situation in a closed doors meeting.

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After missing an NBA-most 351 games to injury in 2015-16, the Pelicans brought on Suri to lead the team's medical staff.

"We stand behind our strong Sports Medicine Program, including Dr. Jones and Dr. Suri and a team made up of nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons who are fellowship trained in sports medicine", it said in a statement, per Will Guillory of the Times-Picayune. "And so I think that message was very well received, and that's all any of us can ask for, really, as players".

Although the Saints have a marketing relationship with Ochsner Health Systems - where the fired orthopedists worked - Payton said they are not required to use Ochsner doctors.

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Jones and Suri work for Ochsner Health Systems, which has been a corporate partner of the Saints for almost 10 years, according to a recent company news release announcing that Ochsner had been awarded naming rights to the training facility shared by the National Football League team and the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans. The 27-year-old wound up playing just six games because of leg and shoulder injuries and finished with 21 tackles.

The Pelicans' training camp opens in late September.

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