Saints Michael Higgins could start for Jimmy Graham against Broncos


Aug 22, 2011; Oxnard, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Michael Higgins (81) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields at the Residence Inn. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

As interim head coach Joe Vitt went over the injury report yesterday, all eyes and ears were on tight end Jimmy Graham’s status for the upcoming game against the Denver Broncos.

Vitt stated that Graham had another limited but longer practice and would be watched to see how his ankle reacted to it.  Graham was also said to be a game time decision due to the question mark surrounding the lingering injury.

The absence of Graham for this Sunday would leave the Saints in a precarious position since fellow tight end Daniel Graham is also slated not to play due to an injury.

This would leave David Thomas as the sole tight end playing for the team.  To be cautious the Saints will be bringing practice squad player Michael Higgins along just in case Graham isn’t able to play.

Higgins is no stranger to playing in the regular season since he was activated for the final part of the season but only recorded 1 reception for 4 yards.  But he slowly developed during the offseason and came back as a dark horse during camp this year.

Higgins was active for all of the 2012 preseason and recorded a total of 14 receptions for 139 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per reception.  If Graham is sidelined, Higgins could use this to make a case to remain on the Saints active roster for the rest of the season.