We were told on Tuesday that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham should be able to play on Sunday despite an ankle injury suffered during a Week Five win over the Chargers. While that may indeed be the case, Graham wasn’t well enough to practice on Wednesday.
Mike Triplette of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Graham didn’t practice on Wednesday, and that he looks to be “very questionable” for Sunday at Tampa. Double-interim head coach Aaron Kromer declined to say whether Graham has a low or high ankle sprain, mentioning only that Graham “looked good” and that he was “able to run around a little.”
One guy who did practice but who probably won’t play this weekend is linebacker Jonathan Vilma. The veteran defensive leader exited the Physically Unable to Perform list with a lingering knee injury. Kromer, per Triplett, also used the “looked good” label for Vilma.
So far the Saints haven’t looked good. They’ll get a chance to look better against the Bucs. Either way, interim coach Joe Vitt returns to the sideline next week after his six-game suspension ends.