New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, on Tuesday. Mike Triplett, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints hauls in a pass during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Courtesy---Mike Triplett/Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday, but Coach Sean Payton said the team's No. 1 passing target has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It seems very unlikely that Colston, who did not practice Thursday, will be able to bounce back in time to play Sunday. But Payton sounded optimistic that he won't be out long - which means it's possible that Colston could return in time for a potential playoff opener Jan. 8 or 9.

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