Jimmy Graham to have MRI, fantasy owners panic

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is set to have an MRI on Monday. We break down the fantasy implications.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is getting an MRI on his foot Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NF Network. Graham sustained what looked to be a leg injury late in the second half, and went to the sideline to get his left leg taped up. He returned to the game briefly, but limped off the field prior to the game ending.

Graham was having a poor game when he sustained the injury, and was held without a catch for the first time since his rookie season in 2010. It was a bad game altogether, as the Saints fell to the New England Patriots, 30-27, in their first loss of the season.

But it would be catastrophic if something is seriously wrong with Graham. He entered Week 6 as the NFL's leading receiver and has been a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. Fortunately, the Saints now have a bye week with which to assess the situation and determine whether or not Graham will need to miss any time.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners are likely panicking and there's nothing I or anybody else can say to stop that. There seems to be a decided lack of concern around the injury coming out of New Orleans, but who knows at this point? If he has to miss any time, it would be a huge, huge loss for the Saints and fantasy owners. Benjamin Watson is his backup -- he has eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown on the season.

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