The Times-Picayune reported Payton hopes to be off his crutches by Christmas and plans to slowly become more involved in calling the plays from the sideline.
"I think realistically it's something that I'll be back involved with more and more each week," Payton said. "Pete has done a great job, and progressively there will be times during the game where either I'm trying to help him or saying, 'Hey let's get to this.'
" ... I think that transition has gone pretty smooth, but right now I think the approach still with Pete is he goes in and he's prepared to call the offense. And the most important thing is that I'm not slowing down the process."