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Saints optimistic Graham will be available after bye

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On Monday, it was easy to find out that Saints tight end (receiver) Jimmy Graham was having an MRI on his injured foot.

Then, it became impossible to find out anything about what the Saints found out about the foot.

And so I applied the “no news is bad news” adage to Graham on Monday night’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, pointing out that teams and sources close to players often clam up when the prognosis is negative, since that gives the team some time to make a contingency plan before the leverage completely evaporates.

In this case, the news may not be bad.  Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that “there is a sense of optimism” that Graham will be able to play when the Saints emerge from their Week Seven bye to play the Bills in Week Eight.

Though it’s good to have tangible information about Graham’s foot, we’re not sure that “a sense of optimism” is all that tangible.  At times, there’s a fine line between optimism and delusion — especially in the NFL, where strategic considerations can prompt folks to say something other than the truth.

Mortensen also says that Graham is still having the foot evaluated, but there’s no mention of the MRI or the results of it.

The Saints have no obligation to disclose anything about Graham until the time comes to issue injury reports in advance of the team’s next game.  The question becomes whether the Saints will be able to plug any internal leaks, and in turn whether they’ll be able to persuade sources close to Graham to maintain silence, or at least something close to it.

Or, possibly, to perpetrate a sense of optimism that may not actually exist.

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16 Responses to “Saints optimistic Graham will be available after bye”
  1. mflorihole says: Oct 15, 2013 7:45 AM

    Don’t worry about leaks, the Saints know how to get their ducks in a row.

  2. flexx91 says: Oct 15, 2013 7:55 AM

    Stop trying to read too much into this. Sean Payton and the Saints simply do not disclose injury information whether good or bad for any player until the Wednesday prior to the game (the time in which they are required to by the league). With the bye this week, we may not know Graham’s situation until next week.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 15, 2013 8:09 AM

    I hope Mort’s right. The Saints will tank without Graham. The dude is too good to go down in his contract year. Hopefully they’ll take good care of him, let him rest and come back healthy. No need to rush anything Jimmy! This is your year to secure a chance at your financial security. Come back when you’re ready. The team is in good shape.

  4. robf2010 says: Oct 15, 2013 8:10 AM

    Look for Graham to be listed as “questionable” on injury reports for the next few weeks. The NFL should just do away with injury reports. There is no good reason for a head coach to accurately describe a player’s condition. None whatsoever.

  5. primenumber19 says: Oct 15, 2013 8:16 AM

    He should tell them he won’t play again unless they pay him. Sometimes nfl players only have one chance to get paid, just look at USC Steve smith for proof.

  6. saintsly says: Oct 15, 2013 8:17 AM

    If Jimmy can play……..He will. He is not a wimp when it comes to pain. It was more than likely a mild sprain but he will rehab quickly and play against Buffalo. He will be on a mission after being shutout against the Pats.

  7. jooceman says: Oct 15, 2013 8:59 AM

    Prognosis Negative

  8. leatherhelmets says: Oct 15, 2013 9:21 AM

    I wonder if Danny Amendola, or David Amerson will be available after their brains were scrambled this weekend. Is that normal for a human brain to be knocked so hard you are either unconscious or in another universe?

  9. verybadadvice12 says: Oct 15, 2013 9:44 AM

    Most overrated player in the NFL. Talib exposed this guy, he can’t handle a physical corner. Put a hand on this guy and watch him wilt like week old lettuce.

  10. mrlaloosh says: Oct 15, 2013 10:30 AM

    Injury reports are for one thing. Setting the lines in Vegas. There is no other reason. The NFL realized long ago that they wouldn’t exist if gamblers wouldn’t bet on the games. The injury report is for that purpose AND will NEVER change. All CAPS.

  11. toybkshr says: Oct 15, 2013 10:39 AM

    verybadadvice12 says:
    Oct 15, 2013 9:44 AM
    Most overrated player in the NFL. Talib exposed this guy, he can’t handle a physical corner. Put a hand on this guy and watch him wilt like week old lettuce. ———————————————————————————————————————–
    Talib did a gr8 job on Graham, and I’ll admit that top tier QB’s tend to enhance the ratings of their receivers, your statement doesn’t hold up with any knowledgeable football fans. The guy is very good.

  12. lengai says: Oct 15, 2013 12:12 PM

    Graham came back into the game and was able to run without a limp. He may miss the Buffalo game but it’s not like he’s out for the year.

  13. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 15, 2013 12:44 PM

    ———————————————————————————————————————–
    Talib did a gr8 job on Graham, and I’ll admit that top tier QB’s tend to enhance the ratings of their receivers, your statement doesn’t hold up with any knowledgeable football fans. The guy is very good
    —————
    Top tier receivers enhance the ratings of QB’s as well. With Graham shutdown, then out, Breese didn’t do so well. I would enjoy finding out just how good Manning is, or, more precisely, isn’t, without all his probowl WR.

    His statement is in proper tune with the more knowledgeable football fans. Fans that know great receivers make every QB look more accurate, and a good line makes him a better decision maker. Simplistic fans see a checkerboard out there while knowledgeable fans see a chessboard.

  14. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 15, 2013 3:38 PM

    verybadadvice12 says: Oct 15, 2013 9:44 AM

    Most overrated player in the NFL. Talib exposed this guy, he can’t handle a physical corner. Put a hand on this guy and watch him wilt like week old lettuce.
    ======================================

    All Talib did was hang onto his back every play. That is called defensive holding usually. Not this time.

  15. texaned80 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:17 AM

    No “wolfmanpatriot” the knowledgeable fan does not see either of those.. He sees a 120 yd field, with 22 men on it. And by the way the knowledgeable football fan also knows that great players make their teammates look good regardless of position. Great QBs make stars out of mediocre receivers.. (i.e. Tom Brady, which makes me wonder if u even watch the team you claim to b a fan of)…Great receivers bail out inaccurate passers.. great d lines make average secondarys appear elite and vise versa… Do you see where this is going Simpleton???

  16. uksaintsfan says: Oct 16, 2013 12:37 PM

    wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 15, 2013 12:44 PM

    Simplistic fans see a checkerboard out there while knowledgeable fans see a chessboard.
    ——————————————————

    I always thought they played on a pitch 100yds long with markings every yard. Perhaps I should have gone to Specsavers.

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