Saints Coach Sean Payton Positive for COVID-19

Saints expect 57-year-old Payton to return against the Dolphins on Dec. 27

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Friday.

Sean Payton, who has been fully vaccinated, was “isolated immediately,” according to the organization. He also released the first positive test to the NFL for coronavirus in March 2020.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will take over as head coach against the Bucs.

Per NFL protocols, Payton will be out for 10 days unless he meets the league’s requirements for a fully vaccinated person to return to the team.

The Saints said they expect Payton, 57, to return to the bench against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 27.