Jimmy Graham injury: Saints optimistic about return

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The foot injury Graham suffered Sunday may not force him to miss any games.

Jimmy Graham is still being evaluated, but the Saints are optimistic that he'll be able to return after the team's Week 7 bye week, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Graham injured his left foot during the fourth quarter of New Orleans' loss to New England on Sunday.

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Graham initially returned after having his foot taped up by the training staff, but he was not able to finish the game. He left for good with about five minutes remaining.

Graham was scheduled to have an MRI on the foot Monday. If the team's early optimism proves accurate, the tight end will be suited up and ready to go for the Saints' home game against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 27.

Graham was held without a reception for the first time this season in the loss to the Patriots. He has four 100-yard receiving games already and leads the NFL with 593 receiving yards on 37 receptions.

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