Loss of Jimmy Graham could hamper New Orleans Saints passing game


August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) prior to kickoff of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

One name that no one wanted to see on Wednesday’s practice report was New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham who is still being hampered by an ankle injury suffered a week and a half ago.

Graham was noted by interim head coach Aaron Kromer that even though he didn’t practice, he “looked good” and was doing limited running on the ankle.

It was a tad bit better sight than what was reported after the game against the San Diego Chargers when Graham was spotted leaving the locker room with a walking boot and the dreaded words “high ankle sprain” began to be circulated around.

A rumor began to spread early this week from a “source” that Graham did indeed have a high ankle sprain and would miss 3-6 weeks of the season while another “source” said that he would be a full go for this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Regardless of who’s on the money with their “source”, the loss of Graham for Sunday’s game could deal a serious blow to the game plan for the Saints as far as their passing game.

While quarterback Drew Brees does have other targets to go to, Graham provides a tall, physical receiving threat that the Saints can use against the Buccaneers who are ranking in at 31st in passing defense.

If Graham can’t play, Brees will have to rely on his wide receivers to move the ball through the air.  Lance Moore who was recovering from a hamstring injury is back to full practice and the rest of the receiver corps should be ready to go as well.