New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard and Louisiana Ragin' Cajun alum Elfrid Payton will undergo surgery tomorrow on his left fifth finger and is expected to approximately miss the next 6 weeks, the team announced today.

Payton suffered a fracture to the finger early in the game in Friday's win over the New York Knicks. He had just returned from a sprained ankle that had kept him out of the previous 8 games.

If the 6 weeks timetable is accurate, Payton would return on January 2nd versus Brooklyn. The Pelicans play 22 games between now and then.