Benson undergoes minor knee surgery

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson was sidelined during the draft because of a knee injury. But he’s expected to be back on the field in time to present New Orleans’ 2018 Super Bowl bid next week at the NFL owners’ meetings in Atlanta.

Benson, 86, underwent a 45-minute procedure to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee on Friday, according to the Saints. He was home later in the day and continued to monitor the Saints’ draft by phone. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton called him before each pick.

Benson, who also owns the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, had been hampered by the meniscus tear for the last 13 months, according to Saints orthopedist Dr. Deryk Jones – one of the reasons why Benson moved from his courtside seats at Pelicans games to his suite upstairs.

Jones said the knee was in good shape other than the meniscus tear, without much arthritis. Typical recovery time is six weeks, and Jones said he doesn’t anticipate any further complications.