Benson, 85, reportedly reached a "breaking point" at the end of last season and is using the leave to send a wakeup call to his 35-year-old granddaughter. No specific incident was cited, but it is believed a pattern of behavior on LeBlanc's part led to the owner's decision.
"She's smart and has talent -- but she's just all over the map," said one source who has worked with LeBlanc. "I think she really enjoys the glitz and glamour of being the owner, but she doesn't really roll up her sleeves and get into the business side of it."
The Saints declined to address LeBlanc's status or whereabouts to The Times-Picayune, citing a policy regarding personnel matters.
LeBlanc's status adds yet another level of uncertainty to a franchise whose fortunes have taken a sharp left turn in the past three months.