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Sean Payton gets his china doll back

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Saints coach Sean Payton, who suffered a broken leg and torn MCL on Sunday after getting hit on the sideline by tight end Jimmy Graham, has now suffered a little turnabout at the hands of his players.

According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune (via NFL.com), Payton has given a china doll to injured players for years.  Most recently, cornerback Tracy Porter received the doll during training camp.

And Porter has now put the doll on Payton’s desk with this message:  “Return to sender.”

“A china doll’s very fragile, and it’s rare that you don’t have one that’s not broken, an arm or something,” Payton said, “so early in the season, I had to place that china doll on the lockers of a few of our players, and when I got home last night here in the building, there were a lot of cookies, balloons, a lot of cool stuff and then on my desk was a note with that return to sender, so our players and coaches and everybody have been great.”

Given that Payton has been taunting his players with a china doll, he may want to check their lockers for a voodoo doll with a pin stuck in the knee area and a mouthful of Juicy Fruit gum.

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29 Responses to “Sean Payton gets his china doll back”
  1. yelix says: Oct 20, 2011 10:55 PM

    Is it possible to hate Sean Payton?

  2. valman61 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:04 PM

    A china doll, that’s good. Coughlin will need a whole china set to do that with my giants.

  3. mianfr says: Oct 20, 2011 11:16 PM

    I’m sorry, isn’t this the single most blatant example of coaches forcing players to play through injuries in fear of being singled out for a lack of “manliness?”

  4. shawon0meter says: Oct 20, 2011 11:16 PM

    Thank you Tracy Porter for picking off Favre’s pathetic pass in that NFC Championship game.

  5. lance19 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:27 PM

    For those of you that thought Rex Ryan
    was hogging ALL the dickish coach behavior…

  6. 504in860 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:28 PM

    He’s a player’s coach…guys love playing for him.

  7. packerjb says: Oct 20, 2011 11:29 PM

    Sean Payton …. One of Naperville’s finest!

  8. nosferatu1341 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:46 PM

    Take up your china doll
    it’s only fractured
    and just a little nervous from the fall

  9. hedleykow says: Oct 20, 2011 11:52 PM

    I was really trying to like this story, but it just isn’t happening for me.

  10. koolbreeze7 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:53 PM

    Da SAINTS are gonna use this to rally!

  11. conjecture101 says: Oct 20, 2011 11:54 PM

    I don’t think Porter was doing it to lift his spirits, I think it was more so “bleep you.”

  12. blahman64 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:00 AM

    I wonder the NFL’s answer for this…

    Next year: All sideline personnel will be required to wear pads.

    Either that, or no player can step out of bounds during a play or end of a play or it will result in a penalty/fine.

    Kidding aside, hope the guy gets better.

  13. bullethead527 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:11 AM

    Is it possible to hate Sean Payton?

    YEAH, the whole organization, I hate them all!!!!! Dirty team, A-hole Coach, disrespectful rookie RB, over aggressive DC in preseason, and I can go on and on and on.

  14. scudbot says: Oct 21, 2011 12:15 AM

    “Return to sender.”

    Every so often, out of the blue, something perfect happens somewhere.

  15. Soulman45 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:16 AM

    How great was that. A fun thing to do.

  16. rjkilla says: Oct 21, 2011 12:35 AM

    yeah, if you’re a panther, buc, or falcon fan

  17. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:36 AM

    if you’re jerry jones, yes lol

  18. tavia47 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:37 AM

    I think that’s great to have humor after all he has been through now the players need to take note , coach Payton is showing the team toughness. they need to Dedicate the rest of the season to him ,Just win baby.

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:50 AM

    Ha, good stuff.

  20. cytofed says: Oct 21, 2011 1:57 AM

    @yelix

    No but its possible Todd Haley and Josh McDaniel. I would pay to see that fight!

  21. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: Oct 21, 2011 1:57 AM

    Best coach evar

  22. seytonmanning says: Oct 21, 2011 1:58 AM

    Wow.That sounds like something that scumbag bill parcell would do.that is rediculous to me that he does something like this.these coaches have to get out of this old school mentality that you can treat a player like a sissy or a punk.this isn’t 1980.you do this to me and I would be in your office kindly explaining if you put a China doll in my locker again you’ll be eating it.

  23. nolanorth says: Oct 21, 2011 2:05 AM

    @yelix

    No it is not!

  24. blanchonegro says: Oct 21, 2011 2:38 AM

    thats to funny

  25. itsmebobd says: Oct 21, 2011 3:15 AM

    wow…. just wow

  26. bigblaw says: Oct 21, 2011 8:18 AM

    Any one going to mention that NOW he can be prescribed Vicodin without stealing it? If he had a drug problem isn’t their concern ? Also if I were a player and he gave me a china doll after an injury..? I’d shove it up his Arse

  27. ogsaintcharles says: Oct 21, 2011 8:29 AM

    Is it possible to hate Sean Payton?

    YEAH, the whole organization, I hate them all!!!!! Dirty team, A-hole Coach, disrespectful rookie RB, over aggressive DC in preseason, and I can go on and on and on.

    ———

    Damn, hater. Don’t you got nothing better to do than to spew like dat?! Who yo team? Must be a bunch of losers!!

  28. franktherat96 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:40 AM

    wow…some of you have absolutely no sense of humor.

  29. gdeli says: Oct 21, 2011 10:22 AM

    That just sounds sick. Us humans are not made to play violent collision football. period. expecting more is ridiculous.

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