Saints News 10/23/13: Jimmy Graham Held Out Of Saints Practice

Mike Ehrmann

On a conference call with Buffalo reporters, Coach Payton would only say they'll be evaluating the Graham Reaper's ankle injury progress on a daily basis. “Each day we’ll just take a peek on how he’s progressing and be smart about it,” Payton said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. We know from experience that Payton holds his cards close to his vest when it comes to giving answers to the media, so this vague statement from Payton could mean anything. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if they hold Jimmy out for the Bills game this Sunday. It's anyone's guess at least until the Friday injury report is released. In better news, Lance Moore returned with a full practice today

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Bills @ Saints News

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Other Saints News

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Saints waive Martez Wilson | ProFootballTalk
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That "oh-fer'' performance against Bill Belichick's box-and-one defense did nothing for Graham's argument that he should be compensated like many of the top-shelf NFL wide receivers.

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New Orleans Saints promote quarterback Ryan Griffin to 53-man roster
Tulane product was on practice squad

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Around the League

Seattle Seahawks can win the next five games - NFC West - NFL News - Pro Football Spot:: NFL News - profootballspot.com
New Orleans Saints (Home): Perhaps this is too optimistic, but the Seahawks can take down the Saints at home. At the moment New Orleans is 5-1, but Seattle may be the one team that can hold Drew Brees in check. In addition, the Saints have not exactly beaten a bevy of formidable opponents. Perhaps Marshawn Lynch will put up another epic run like he did in the 2010 playoffs.

Texans take bye-week look-see at seven wideouts, two quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
As the Texans limp into their bye-week with a five-game losing streak, they've taken a close look at seven different receivers. And two quarterbacks. Per a league source, the team brought a nine-man throng of players to the team facility on Tuesday for a pitch-and-catch session.

Greg Schiano: We’ll win plenty of games playing Buccaneer football | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers are winless through six games this season, but coach Greg Schiano says this is no time to grow concerned about his ability to do the job. Asked on NFL Network whether he's concerned he could be fired if the Bucs don't win their share of games, Schiano gave a succinct answer.

Josh Freeman has a concussion, Vikings may turn back to Ponder | ProFootballTalk
The news at quarterback for the Vikings isn't getting any better. Josh Freeman, who had a bad outing in starting his first game with the Vikings on Monday night, has suffered a concussion and may not be able to play this week against Green Bay, the team announced.

Peyton Manning will practice tomorrow, play Sunday | ProFootballTalk
An otherwise slow Wednesday afternoon got a lot more interesting with the news that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning missed practice with an ankle injury. Per a league source, it's no big deal.

Bill Belichick Says The Jets Also Pushed. Did They?
Lots of controversy--fun, silly controversy--over the overtime penalty on the Patriots that may have cost them Sunday's game at the Jets. Tackle Chris Jones was flagged for pushing teammate Will Svitek into the offensive line, negating a missed field goal. The first conspiracy theory was that the NFL had retroactively changed the rulebook; that was false. The second and currently in-vogue retort from New England is that the Jets used the same push move during the game, and it went uncalled.

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton on facing Buffalo Bills
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video).

VIDEO New Orleans Saints/United Way Hometown Huddle
New Orleans Saints players and staff partnered with United Way for its Hometown Huddle event at Belle Chasse YMCA on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

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