Saints News, 10/15/13: Saints Optimistic Graham Will Return After Bye Week

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Chris Mortenson of ESPN is reporting that the Saints think Jimmy Graham's foot injury is minor and he should be OK to play once they face the Buffalo Bills in week 8. Of course, we won't know for sure until Payton reveals next week's injury report a week from tomorrow. In other news, Jets coach Rex Ryan calls Sunday "a horrible day for the Ryan family." He was rooting hard for his brother Rob to stop Tom Brady and his arch-nemesis the Patriots.



Jimmy Graham

Sources -- New Orleans Saints hope Jimmy Graham will play after bye week - ESPN
There is a sense of optimism among the Saints that Jimmy Graham will be able to play after the bye week, league sources said.

Saints optimistic Graham will be available after bye | ProFootballTalk
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.

Report: Saints TE Jimmy Graham has MRI on foot | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is getting an MRI on his foot after injuring it in the 30-27 loss at the New England Patriots on …


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Rex Ryan says Patriots beating Saints was horrible day for Ryan family - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
"That was a horrible day for the Ryan family," Ryan said on ESPN radio on Sunday, when the Jets also lost to the Steelers. "… I feel terrible for my brother, but definitely felt worse for us. That’s the truth. There’s no question that’s the truth."

Rex Ryan of New York Jets says it was 'horrible' seeing Tom Brady top brother Rob Ryan - ESPN New York
Tom Brady wounded two Ryans with one dagger Sunday.

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Saints start to turn page after first loss - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he hadn't quite gotten over Sunday's last-second 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots as of Monday af

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ESPN Video: SportsNation discusses whether Saints coach Sean Payton should be blamed for the loss to New England.

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Saints’ Khiry Robinson making his case - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
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Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
Against a lesser opponent, the Saints would have been able to waltz away with their sixth win without a loss in 2013. But this is Tom Brady we’re talking about. This guy – despite a bad performance in his previous game – has icewater in his veins.

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog

Quotes: Sean Payton, Drew Brees talk Patriots loss on day after
Opening Statement: "The players are in, they have had their lift and the running.  This will be a break after today.  They will come back next Monday.  There will be treatment for the injured guys through the week.  We will have a bonus day on Monday.  Wednesday will be our first official day back.  I thought the overall mood and spirits were good.  Obviously it was a tough loss and when you do it long enough they understand there are going to be some games like that where you are wrestling over one specific play or one sequence of plays.

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Lewis: Pats’ heroics aside, Saints still in great shape | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Sometimes it’s just not your day. Especially in the NFL where, unless you’re the Jacksonville Jaguars, it usually can …

Ninkovich: We'll enjoy the win today | Comcast SportsNet -

Brees defends Payton's late-game strategy | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Quarterback Drew Brees on Monday defended coach Sean Payton's decision to run, run, run on the Saints' final offensive drive of Sunday's 30-27 loss at New England.

Mickles: Blame Brady, not Saints defense, for loss | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — At the end of the day Sunday, it was difficult to blame the New Orleans Saints defense for the club’s first loss of the…

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Tomlin orders Steelers to stop somersaulting into the end zone | ProFootballTalk
Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught a pass from Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday and raced toward the end zone to help Pittsburgh clinch its first win of the season, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't like what Sanders did as he crossed the goal line.

Steven Jackson, Roddy White absent at Falcons practice | ProFootballTalk
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said last week that the team is missing an identity through six weeks of the season. They're also missing White. The team got back on the practice field following their bye on Tuesday and D.

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