New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham suffered an ankle in the Saints’ 31-24 victory against the San Diego Chargers last Sunday. Graham rolled his ankle during the first quarter of the game and was limited to one catch for four yards.
Graham was able to play through the injury but it was reported that after the game he was in a walking boot. Graham’s injury did not seem that serious but if it required him to wear a walking boot it could be more serious than once believed. Furthermore, interim head coach Aaron Kromer said that Graham’s injury “doesn’t look good” and “we’ll see” in when asked about Graham’s availability.
Luckily the Saints were able to win the game with Graham injured and they are currently on their bye week. I think the extra time will allow Graham to rest up and should be available for week seven. However, there have not been any recent updates on Graham’s status and that could be a good sign.
Perhaps there have been no updates because Graham is already on the mend and there is no cause for concern. Looking at Graham’s production this season he has been a big part of the Saints offense and a big target Drew Brees likes to go to early and often. For the season Graham has made 25 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
The Saints will need Graham to be 100 percent as the team tries to orchestrate a turn-around for their season. However, there is the possibility that Graham might not be available for week seven and that could affect what the Saints do on offense.
Graham is such a big target so if he does not play that will be one less weapon for Brees to throw to. Hopefully Graham will be ready to go for week seven as the Saints will square off against divisional rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.