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Jimmy Graham has had an unreported wrist injury all season

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham revealed today that he has been dealing with a wrist injury for the entire season — surprising news because Graham hasn’t been listed on the injury report.

The Saints haven’t explained why they weren’t listing him, but they could hear from the league office about it, if the league believes the team didn’t properly follow the injury reporting procedures. The NFL’s injury policy states, “All players with significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game. This is especially true of key players.”

Graham suggested that he’s been trying to hide the injury from opposing teams, saying that after taping up his injured wrist he would then tape up his non-injured wrist in the same way, so that it wouldn’t be clear that he had a problem.

It has been pretty bad since preseason,” Graham said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I’m not the only one dealing with issues and dealing with injuries. I played through a lot of stuff and unfortunately, I’ve played every game this season pretty banged up but so has everyone else in this locker room.”

Graham has missed one game this season, with an ankle injury. His numbers have been solid (64 catches for 710 yards and eight touchdowns), but still down from last season, when he had 99 catches for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. Graham said he doesn’t know if he would have played better were it not for the wrist injury.

“Catches and blocking has been painful this year but that’s everybody,” Graham said. “Everybody on this team has had some issues and is having issues. I can’t use that as a crutch. I’m out there on Sunday’s and I’ve got to produce.”

Saints coach Joe Vitt said he was impressed with the way Graham has played through the pain.

“I think it’s been ongoing all season,” Vitt said. “But I think Jimmy has done a real good job of working through his nicks.”

We’ll see whether the NFL thinks the Saints have done a real good job of filling out their injury reports.

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37 Responses to “Jimmy Graham has had an unreported wrist injury all season”
  1. tcostant says: Dec 14, 2012 4:02 PM

    I blame my fantasy football playoffs on Vitt

  2. duster1982 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    Drew Brees comment in 3, 2, 1….

  3. joeymichaelsstudios says: Dec 14, 2012 4:08 PM

    Boy, those Saints just do whatever they want.

  4. mdd913 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:09 PM

    I’m sure Goodell will see this as an opportunity to stick it to the Saints even further.

  5. biggestsaintsfanever says: Dec 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Funny, this post Never mentioned Graham informed coaches or trainers of his injury

  6. cubano76 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Shocker!!!!! The Saints did something wrong.

  7. thejuddstir says: Dec 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    Rules don’t apply to the saints* Don’t try and penalize them Goodell or Vitt and Vilma will put a call into judge judy.

  8. boobsmcgoo says: Dec 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    He hurt it doing that slam dunk thing.

  9. cruells says: Dec 14, 2012 4:21 PM

    Do the Saints think they are above the rules set by the NFL.. First they place money on injuring players and now they don’t feel like obeying the rules regarding injuries.. What a classy team..

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    Fine the Saints for not reporting it.

  11. dennychimes says: Dec 14, 2012 4:25 PM

    Today, When asked about the news of Jimmy Grahams injury Ed Reed said “REAAAAALLLLLYYY”!!!!!!

  12. silasw33 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:29 PM

    The Saints just lie…fine those guys!!!

  13. wegonnarockdownto7thlombardiavenue says: Dec 14, 2012 4:30 PM

    I’d say I am surprised, but really I am not.

  14. lanman11 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:34 PM

    This is cheating. Put an asterisk next to their Super Bowl. There, I said it…..

  15. meldrel says: Dec 14, 2012 4:42 PM

    And the story on Lovie Smith denying reports of Jay Cutler’s knee only gets 2 comments?

    Man y’all really hate the Saints – too funny!

  16. saints97 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:43 PM

    Goodell will be lenient this time. The Saints lose their entire draft for two years, and Jimmy Graham will be suspended for 5 years.

  17. profootballwalk says: Dec 14, 2012 4:43 PM

    Joe Vitt denies everything, blames Commissioner Goodell.

  18. bucrightoff says: Dec 14, 2012 4:44 PM

    Dirty franchise is dirty.

  19. mcwest1 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:48 PM

    At some point the NFL must decide between what’s best for the players and having someone capitalize on having inside information concerning a player’s injury.

    Personally, I see no need to report a player’s injury if he can play on game day (other than it’s against the rules). But that’s just my opinion.

    If an opposing team knows a player has an owie, that owie will be targeted and given a little extra attention.

    IMO, some calls and no-calls makes plenty of us wonder if somebody isn’t having their palm greased to favor of one team over another.

  20. nite2al says: Dec 14, 2012 4:54 PM

    The New Orleans Saints are the New England Patriots of the NFC in more ways than one, which usually involves cheating.

  21. packerpride03 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:57 PM

    Saints are innocent they never do anything wrong!

  22. thejuddstir says: Dec 14, 2012 5:11 PM

    Does Drew need another explanation? The saints* will argue that Jimmy Graham is not “a key player” and if you don’t believe them, go ask judge judy.

  23. coopluvsphins says: Dec 14, 2012 5:23 PM

    Give me a break. The guy has been dealing with this all season. He hasn’t missed a single game because of it, nor was he ever doubtful to play because of it. Had the Saints listed this injury on the injury report, I would guess the chances of him having that wrist injured worse would be much greater once every defensive player on the opposition knew about it. There would be someone trying to target his wrist on every single snap.

    If he or the Saints get punished for this, then how about take action aginst the Patriots having their entire 53 man roster questionable or doubtful before each game?

  24. marcinhouston says: Dec 14, 2012 5:45 PM

    Another example of Roger Goodell’s contempt and disregard for player safety. Doesn’t Jimmy Graham have some right to doctor patient confidentiality and to not have his weaknesses announced to opponents likely to target them for injury? Its time to end this double standard and stop having a senseless rule where Achilles has to report his heel even if he is certain to play. This rule can only be intended to endanger players by making them more vulnerable to reinjury by opponents. If the Saints are fined, Graham should sue the NFL.

  25. prmpft says: Dec 14, 2012 6:48 PM

    I am looking forward to the day when all the players wear Nike tutus and pink shoes and kiss and hug each other before and after each game – and every game is a tie, and nobody loses, and everybody gets a trophy. Will that not be a wonderful football world? For some of you – it will be.

  26. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 14, 2012 6:54 PM

    It’s hard to believe such a morally sound organization of high character would have knowingly participated in such blatant misrepresentation. Said no one ever

  27. shutupbrees says: Dec 14, 2012 6:54 PM

    This will be the Goodell’s version of putting OJ away for life for a phony kidnapping charge. He’ll come down hard on them for this.

  28. jonbeck316 says: Dec 14, 2012 7:04 PM

    Drew Brees finally got his explanation!!!

  29. hedleykow says: Dec 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    So what if Saints’ opponents would have known that Graham had a bum wrist? Yea, so what?

    The injury was neither significant nor noteworthy.

    There is no crying in poker, and no pettiness in football.

  30. legeisyaj says: Dec 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    The saints mgmt and coaching staff KNOW that they are under the microscope. What FOOLS they are for not going to extra lengths to make their injury reports (and everything else) transparent and overly accurate. I already lost all respect for the organization before this, but this just adds layers and layers. Dumb. Sad. Irresponsible.

  31. chad504boy says: Dec 14, 2012 9:11 PM

    I guess coach Payton will get suspended another year…

  32. kimbo71006 says: Dec 14, 2012 11:11 PM

    Dictionary definition:

    Significant – Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.

    Noteworthy – Interesting, significant, or unusual.

    Does anything in this article lead ANYONE to believe that his “wrist injury” fits either one of those definitions.

    NOPE…next!

  33. kanatablues says: Dec 14, 2012 11:52 PM

    The Bills got fined 20k when it came out that Mario Williams was playing with an undisclosed wrist injury. It’s hard to imagine the Saints aren’t spanked similarly. Chump change, something should be done about the process, teams are always gonna keep what they can quiet about their star players to lessen the chances they get targeted.

  34. houtxfan4053 says: Dec 15, 2012 12:02 AM

    biggestsaintsfanever says:Dec 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Funny, this post Never mentioned Graham informed coaches or trainers of his injury
    ————————————————-
    Ummm, yeah, it kinda did…

    Saints coach Joe Vitt said he was impressed with the way Graham has played through the pain.

    “I think it’s been ongoing all season,” Vitt said. “But I think Jimmy has done a real good job of working through his nicks.”

  35. moagecu says: Dec 15, 2012 12:39 AM

    Ravens were fined for Reed not being mentioned. Saints should be fined for Graham not being mentioned.

  36. dstep24 says: Dec 15, 2012 3:04 AM

    him and everyone else that plays the game of football.

  37. holysmokebatman says: Dec 15, 2012 9:05 AM

    The NFL’s injury policy states, “All players with
    significant or noteworthy injuries
    must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game. This is especially true of key players.”

    What is considered significant or noteworthy ??
    OL has a 9 cm x 6cm laceration on his forearm which needs to be bandaged up and could reopen and start bleeding during the next game
    Another has an abrasion …. 22 of the starters have bruises from last weeks game that could get worse during this weeks game ….
    Rothlisberger obviously broke his nose but we were told on air during game that it was not broken (what was it .. sprained ? ) …. and in the weeks that followed, he was not put on “the injury report” for a broken nose. (which doesn’t heal in one week)
    This IS football … every football player gets banged up during games. Do we list them all ?
    None of these affected their play on the field or kept them out of games.
    Maybe the NFL needs to clear up what they consider significant or noteworthy. (Or maybe we just list all 75 boo-boo’s / “injuries” for each team each week)

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