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Saints' Jimmy Graham Will Miss Pro Bowl Due to Wrist Surgery

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 11:   Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints yells as he is introduced before playing the Atlanta Falcons at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2013

New Orleans Saints fans won't have the opportunity to see Jimmy Graham in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

According to Nola.com's Mike Triplett, Graham recently underwent surgery to repair a wrist injury he suffered during the regular season.

Graham missed one game during the regular season, but it wasn't because of a wrist injury.

Triplett reports that Graham had been battling the injury during the entire season, which led to a down season for the 26-year-old tight end.

Granted, the stud TE still finished the season with nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns, but ESPN Stats & Info (h/t Nola.com) tells us that Graham led the NFL this year with 14 drops.

Graham just wasn't himself this season.

He had just two games of more than 100 yards receiving and only one multi-touchdown day, which is unusual for the All-Pro TE.

With head coach Sean Payton assuming his normal duties with New Orleans next season, Graham should return to 2011 form as long as he's healthy.

When he's at his best, Graham easily rivals Rob Gronkowski for the league's best tight end.

You can add Graham to the long-running list of tight ends who will miss the Hawaii trip this year.

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez won't make the trip (via ESPN) and Gronkowski will sit out following surgery to repair a broken forearm (h/t NFL.com).

With the Pro Bowl already waning in the eyes of the NFL and its fans, the lack of star power in Hawaii from Gonzalez, Gronk and Graham doesn't help the event's stock for future years.

 

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