Saints tight end Jimmy Graham gave his team a scare, but appears to be fine after landing on his back during a joint practice with the Patriots.
During the non-padded session, Graham landed hard after stretching for a touchdown pass, according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Graham jumped up to spike the ball and then jogged to the sideline and fell in pain.
He didn’t take another snap, and left the field without talking to reporters.
“He’s fine. He’s fine,” interim coach Joe Vitt said. “If it was anything, I’d have a report from the trainers.”
Saints quarterback Drew Brees echoed Vitt’s diagnosis, saying it was part of what you get with a high-energy player.
“He was fine,” Brees said. “In typical Jimmy Graham fashion, he was just completely selling out for the ball that was way up over his head and ended up catching it for a huge play in a time when we’re wearing just shells. We’re trying to take it easy, but of course he’s going 1,000 miles an hour.
“I think he just came down a little funny. He kind of needed to shake it off, but he’s fine.”
Going hard in practice is one thing, but at some point, players have to be smart about things so they don’t risk unnecessary injury.