Saints will leave Jimmy Graham in New Orleans

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Early in the week, the Saints’ plan was to play tight end Jimmy Graham on Sunday.

The plan has changed.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells us that the team has decided to let Graham rest his injured ankle.  He will not be traveling with his teammates to Tampa for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

The absence of Graham, who injured the ankle but kept playing 13 days against against the Chargers, puts more pressure on the rest of the offense.

And on the defense.  With the bye week to improve a unit that has been overmatched and underperforming, first-year coordinator Steve Spagnuolo could have a few surprises for the Fighting Schianos.  (Or is it Schianoes?)