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Jimmy Graham injury: Saints TE returns to practice

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One of Drew Brees' favorite targets is questionable to return for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham returned to the field Thursday after being held out of the Saints' practices since suffering an ankle injury last Sunday, according to the Times-Picayune:

Graham has been battling an ankle injury of undisclosed severity since New Orleans' win over the San Diego Chargers last Sunday night, when Graham was seen in a walking boot after the game. Graham appeared to roll his ankle in the first quarter and finished the game with only one catch for four yards.

As the Saints battled an 0-4 start, Graham was a consistent target for quarterback Drew Brees, catching 25 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Graham's participation could be crucial for a Saints team that's 0-1 in the NFC South and reentering division play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. New Orleans is currently dead last in the division.

This story was originally published on SBNation.com.