METAIRIE, La. — Tight end Jimmy Graham sat out practice Wednesday with a foot injury, nearly a week and a half after injuring his foot in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ loss to New England.
Graham left the game against the Patriots and briefly returned before eventually walking into the locker room before game’s end. He was held without a catch for the first time since early in his rookie season.
“Yeah, I'll never get into chances,” Saints coach Sean Payton told Buffalo media. "He's someone who I think is doing well. It's a foot and I think today, he didn't practice. … Each day, we'll just take a peek on how he's progressing and be smart.”
Tight end Benjamin Watson said after practice that if Graham can’t go, it’ll be up to him, Josh Hill and others to step up to make sure everything flows the way it’s supposed to.
“We don’t know what the situation is going to be on Sunday,” Watson said. “We don’t know what the situation is going to be tomorrow. But like I’ve said before – football is a team game. When somebody goes down at a spot, it’s amazing how seamlessly everything keeps going on.”
He added, “We can’t replace Jimmy. Jimmy does some things that only he can do but we will be able to come in and do whatever is asked of us to make sure the offense runs smooth.”
He wasn’t alone as someone the bye week didn’t help get back on the field following the Patriots game.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle) didn’t practice, either. Unlike Graham, Jordan was able to finish the game.
Tackle Zach Strief (ankle), end Tyrunn Walker (knee), running back Mark Ingram (toe) and safety Roman Harper (knee) also didn’t practice. Cornerback Jabari Greer sat out with a non-injury related issue.
All injury news wasn’t bad, however.
Receiver Lance Moore (hand) returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hand on Sept. 22 in New Orleans’ win against Arizona. Moore had missed nine consecutive practices until Wednesday.
“The hand feels good,” Moore said. “I’m not really thinking about it at all while I’m out there and that’s definitely an encouraging thin and a positive sign.”
Moore was absent from New Orleans’ games against Miami, Chicago and New England, something that didn’t help in the loss to the Patriots. Quarterback Drew Brees called Moore a player he can count on, one who has a unique ability to get open in coverage, especially in man-to-man.
The receiver now just wants to get back in the groove.
“Absolutely, once you miss so much time and a game like New England, it was one of those man-to-man type games and this week is looking like it’s going to be one of these games as well,” Moore said. “You love that moment and being able to showcase your talents. And getting open out there, that’s what I love to do.”
Safety Malcolm Jenkins (back) and cornerback Rod Sweeting (hip) also were full.
For Buffalo, quarterback E.J. Manuel (knee), running back C.J. Spiller (ankle), linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) and running back Fred Jackson (knee) didn’t practice.