Kenny Vaccaro out with concussion

Updated: November 11, 2013, 3:10 PM ET
By Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said via his Instagram account that he won't play next Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after sustaining a concussion in Sunday night's victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

"Mad I can't play this weekend. We will take care of business. Thanks for the support. WHO-DAT," Vaccaro said on his Instagram account.

Saints coach Sean Payton, however, declined to give an update on Vaccaro's status Monday. 

The Saints also did not offer updates on the status of tight end Benjamin Watson, who also left Sunday's 49-17 victory with a head injury.

Tight end Jimmy Graham played a limited role Sunday, appearing in only 33 of 83 snaps. However, both Graham and Payton indicated afterward that it was more of a predetermined game plan to limit his snaps, rather than any indication of an injury setback.

Graham has been managing the pain of a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot since Week 6. He also suffered an unspecified elbow injury during Week 9. And he was limited throughout practice last week.

Without getting into specifics, Payton said Monday that Graham's role was "just predicated on the game plan and the work week."

Vaccaro has suffered two concussions during the past three games. He didn't miss a game after suffering his first concussion against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. He suffered the second concussion during the third quarter of Sunday's game.

Vaccaro has had a strong rookie season for the Saints. Up until Sunday's game, he had played in all but 11 snaps in a versatile role as a deep safety/nickel back/blitzer/linebacker. He has one interception, one sack and 45 tackles.

The good news for the Saints is that veteran safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper both appear close to returning from lingering knee injuries. Both were held out against the Cowboys, but Payton said the decision on Jenkins came down to the wire. And Harper has been on the practice field the past two weeks.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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