Triplett and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport say the Saints players have not been happy with their medical care for some time, and Triplett reported that Saints Coach Sean Payton “was livid” over Breaux’s misdiagnosis.
The New Orleans Advocate reported earlier this week that the Saints were looking to trade Breaux over frustration with his nagging injuries, but “they no longer appear as eager to trade or part ways with him” after learning of the misdiagnosis, Triplett reports.
Jones and Suri work for Ochsner Health Systems, which has been a corporate partner of the Saints for nearly 10 years, according to a recent company news release announcing that Ochsner had been awarded naming rights to the training facility shared by the NFL team and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
Suri also is listed as a team physician for the Pelicans in the NBA team’s most recent media guide. Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune says the Pelicans have been frustrated with their medical staff for nearly a decade.
At one point, Brian Young was a key contributor for the Saints’ defense and signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension in 2008. But he missed 15 games over the 2007 and 2008 seasons thanks to recurring left knee problems that required multiple surgeries. New Orleans cut him in April 2009, and he’s been a Saints assistant coach ever since.
Suri was regarded highly enough to be asked to work the 2016 Pro Bowl.
In 2011, Jones and Suri performed surgery on Payton after he suffered serious leg injuries in a sideline collision during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.