New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham returned to a limited practice today, but he is currently questionable for the Saints week seven game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were many mixed reports on the status of Graham–some saying that he would play in week seven and others that said he would not–but the latest has him questionable for week seven. His return to a limited practice is still a positive for Graham and the Saints.
Graham sustained an ankle injury in the first half of the Saints 31-24 victory against the San Diego Chargers in week five. He was able to finish the game in limited action as he only caught one pass for four yards. After the game, he was seen wearing a walking boot that raised some alarm.
As it stands right now, it appears that Graham might play this Sunday against the Buccaneers, but it is still a very slim chance. He is one of the premier tight ends in the NFL and if he does not play, his presence will be missed.
If Graham does not play as a result of this injury, the timetable for his return could vary. His ankle sprain appears to be more serious than the Saints were letting on and he may have suffered a high-ankle sprain. If you recall, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez suffered a high-ankle sprain and it took him three weeks to come back to form.
A similar timetable appears to be the case for Graham as he works his way back from injury. This could a huge blow for the Saints as they just came off their first win of the season and are coming off their bye week. Graham’s presence will be missed and the Saints will have to go on without him if he misses time.
The Saints should be okay if Graham misses some time and the rest could even be beneficial as he should return rested and able to really help the Saints. As of right now, I would say that the Saints should hold him out for their matchup against the Buccaneers and hopefully he can make his return in week eight, when he should be healthier.