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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Saints injuries: Graham, Evans return

By Mike Triplett

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints offense should be fully intact for Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Tight end Jimmy Graham (elbow/foot) and guard Jahri Evans (hip) returned to practice on a limited basis for the Saints on Thursday. Receiver Marques Colston (knee) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day.

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The defense has more uncertainty, however. End Cameron Jordan (ankle), linebacker David Hawthorne (toe) and safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) were held out of team drills for the second straight day.

Jordan has been able to play through the ankle injury during the past two games, despite being limited in practice. So it’s tough to predict his status. The same goes for Hawthorne, who played the entire game last week.

Jenkins seems like more of a long shot since he’s been sidelined for nearly two weeks now. But he was suited up for practice Thursday and did a little individual work for the first time since suffering his injury.

“I’m getting there. Taking it day by day. I got out there and ran around a little bit,” Jenkins said. “So we’ll see what happens.”

It will help the Saints’ depth at safety if veteran Roman Harper is able to return from his own lingering knee injury that has kept him out since Week 2. Harper has practiced fully this week after returning on a limited basis last week. Coach Sean Payton, however, stressed that Harper was facing a longer rehab period than most because he missed so much time.

Graham and Evans should both be OK to play Sunday since they played through the same injuries last week -- though it will increase their odds if they’re able to come back out and practice again on Friday. The same goes for Colston. He was held out of last Sunday’s game with the knee injury after he was only able to practice once last week.

Everyone else on the Saints’ roster practiced fully Thursday.