Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Injuries a mixed bag for Saints' offense
By Mike Triplett
METAIRIE, La. -- Wednesday’s injury report was a mixed bag for the New Orleans Saints' offense. Tight end Jimmy Graham was held out of team drills with both foot and elbow injuries -- though he played through both during the second half of last Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the New York Jets. On a more positive note, running back Darren Sproles fully participated after being cleared through the league’s concussion protocol. And receiver Marques Colston was back practicing on a limited basis after missing last Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
Also practicing on a limited basis was safety Kenny Vaccaro (chest). Guard Jahri Evans (hip), defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle), safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) and linebacker David Hawthorne (toe) were also held out of Wednesday’s practice.
It’s too early to predict whether any of those players are in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Wednesday is a typical day of rest in the NFL, and guys like Graham, Evans and Jordan have been playing through those nagging injuries in recent weeks.
Graham’s elbow injury is new, and looked like he was in intense pain when he suffered it during the second half of the Jets game. But he shook it off and returned to the field soon after, without showing any limitations.
Graham has also shown his ability to fight through the pain of his foot injury -- a partially-torn plantar fascia. He has two touchdown catches in each of the past two games, despite the injury. He played 56 snaps this past Sunday after being limited to 18 snaps two weeks ago.