Jimmy Graham Injury: Updates on Saints TE's Foot
A forgettable Week 6 performance nearly turned into a nightmare for New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, as the dangerous pass-catcher was forced off the field against the New England Patriots with a foot injury.
He was active for Weeks 8 and 9.
Mike Triplett of ESPN talked to Jimmy Graham about his injury and playing through it in a win vs. Buffalo:
Graham still caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns while playing less than 20 snaps because of a partially torn plantar fascia.
His second touchdown -- a 13-yarder in the third quarter -- was his only snap in the second half.
"It's gonna hurt. But football hurts. That's just how it is," Graham said. "It's just, 'How much pain can you endure?' And you know, I'm pretty good at that."
According to both Graham and Saints coach Sean Payton, there is not a serious risk of suffering further injury if he continues to play. It's a matter of pain management -- which is pretty significant with a partially torn plantar fascia.
From Evan Silva of Rotoworld:
Jay Glazer on Jimmy Graham: "He's not gonna play the normal snaps. Look for him in RZ, 3rd downs, things like that."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 27, 2013
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
As @richeisen just said on our air: TE Jimmy Graham is active today. Sounds like he’ll be dealing with a ton of pain.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2013
Chris Mortensen of ESPN followed:
Jimmy Graham is active so limited play is expected— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 27, 2013
From NFL: Around the League:
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports followed:
"Updating on @NFLONFOX this AM, Jimmy Graham has plantar fascia injury. He told me its a pain issue and is heading over to test it early. Felt better Friday but still a very painful issue. If he can play Saints will put him on pitch count"
Graham went in early to get extra treatment on it this AM b4 tests it on field. Plantar fascia is partially torn. He needs it to fully tear— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
Partially torn plantar fascia is extremely painful and makes it hard to run and cut. No way to predict until he runs this AM— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
For that kind of injury you want it to fully tear to get relief— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com continued:
Source on #Saints TE Jimmy Graham: “It’ll come down to the wire.” He does have a partially torn plantar fascia. How much pain can he stand?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2013
From Bills Radio Network sideline reporter Joe Buscaglia:
Jimmy Graham was a DNP once again on Thursday for the Saints.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) October 24, 2013
Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports that Graham didn't practice Wednesday:
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury suffered in a victory over the New England Patriots 10 days ago, coach Sean Payton said today on a conference call with Buffalo media.
"Each day we'll just take a peak on how he's progressing and be smart about it," Payton said.
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Had Saints played Sunday, it would have been difficult for TE Jimmy Graham to play with his foot injury. Status for Sunday vs BUF uncertain.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
From Ed Werder of ESPN:
Saints will monitor Jimmy Graham's ankle/foot injuries during bye this week but do not believe it is serious at this time— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
From ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Saints TE Jimmy Graham is still having left foot evaluated but sense of optimism he will return after this week's bye.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 14, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
NBC Sports' Mike Florio reports Jimmy Graham will undergo an MRI on his injured knee:
Saints fans everywhere should be holding their breath today as the best receiver on the team gets his injured knee checked out.
Graham, per a league source, is getting an MRI to determine the extent of the injury suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.
ESPN's Ed Werder and the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe first provided the concerning news surrounding Jimmy Graham:
And Graham is on the sideline being looked at by trainers after limping immediately to the bench area— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 13, 2013
Jimmy Graham's left shoe is off on the sideline. He's getting re-taped. Offense hits field without him.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 13, 2013
New Orleans Saints fans were able to exhale, though, as he later returned, per Howe:
Jimmy Graham is back. Check Jimmy out!— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 13, 2013
But his return would not last according to Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports:
Jimmy Graham has gone to the locker room with a trainer or doctor so he is probably done for the day— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) October 13, 2013
Graham, who had the unenviable task of lining up with cornerback Aqib Talib, was held to zero catches on six targets.
Before Sunday, however, the fourth-year tight end out of Miami had been simply unstoppable, pulling in 37 catches for 593 yards and six touchdowns in five games—all wins—for the Saints.
Entering the week, he led the NFL in receiving yards, was second in receiving touchdowns and was third in receptions.
While it was reassuring to see him re-take the field, it will be worth paying attention to how the injury responds over night.
At 6'7" and 265 pounds with impressive athleticism, Graham is a true threat all over the field, especially in the red zone. He's someone you never want to have to replace.
Backup tight end Benjamin Watson had three catches for 61 yards on the day.
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