Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Injuries: Graham, Jordan sit; Moore returns
By Mike Triplett
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham remained sidelined Wednesday with the foot injury he suffered in Week 6, leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in doubt. Defensive end Cameron Jordan was also held out with an ankle injury, one of seven players who did not practice.
On a positive note for the Saints, receiver Lance Moore was back on the practice field and fully participated for the first time since he suffered a hand injury in Week 3.
Graham is expected to be questionable all week, possibly right up until game day. Saints coach Sean Payton told the Buffalo media on a conference call Wednesday, "Each day we'll just take a peek on how he's progressing and be smart about it."
Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he's confident that other guys will step up if Graham can't play. He said that has always been the mentality of the Saints' offense and pointed to rookie running back Khiry Robinson filling in for Mark Ingram as the most recent example.
It will certainly help if Moore is able to return Sunday, which looks promising after he practiced with no limitations Wednesday.
"The hand feels good. I'm not really thinking about it at all while I'm out there, and that's definitely an encouraging thing and a positive sign," Moore said.
Both Moore and Brees talked Wednesday about the Bills' heavy use of man-to-man coverage. Brees said Moore is great at handling man coverage, and Moore said he enjoys the challenge of playing against it.
Among those who didn't practice Wednesday, Jordan's status might be just as critical since he has arguably been the team's defensive MVP this season. The severity of his injury is unknown. He participated in the team's stretching period before exiting practice.
Also held out of team drills were running back Mark Ingram (toe), offensive tackle Zach Strief (ankle), safety Roman Harper (knee), defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker (knee) and cornerback Jabari Greer (for an unspecified non-injury reason). Of that group, Strief was the only one who participated in the individual drills open to the media.
Ingram took a step back with the toe injury by not practicing after doing so on a limited basis throughout Week 6. It's unclear if he suffered a setback.