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Saints News, 10/24/13: Jimmy Graham Misses 2nd Consecutive Practice

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Coach Payton would only say, "tomorrow will be an important day for him," when asked about the status of Jimmy Graham. For those who are lucky enough to have Graham on their fantasy team, you'd be very wise to have an alternate TE ready to go this Sunday. It's looking very unlikely that the Graham Reaper will play and, even if he does suit up and take the field, he would probably only see limited action. The wisest move for the Saints would be to hold him out completely so he can fully heal. In better news, both DE Cameron Jordan and OT Zach Strief returned to practice today on a 'limited' basis after sitting out yesterday.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Putting together another great week of practice.. Just taking it one game at a time.. Once again, very excited about this team! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/393477897597378560">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Five <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> were held out of team drills Thursday: TE Graham, RB Ingram, S Harper, DL Walker, CB Sweeting.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/393468774914859008">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bills&#39; QB E.J. Manuel (Knee), RB C.J. Spiller (Ankle), LB Manny Lawson (Hamstring) missed practice Thursday <a href="http://t.co/1iy8whBa5c">http://t.co/1iy8whBa5c</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BUFvsNO&amp;src=hash">#BUFvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393474546881155072">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> DE Jordan, OT Strief were limited. WR Moore was full again. CB Greer returned to practice after missing Wed. for non-injury reason</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/393469075780689920">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> TE Jimmy Graham did not practice again Thursday, but DE Cameron Jordan returned on limited basis ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/393468575182102528">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jimmy Graham did not participate in practice today. Cam Jordan was limited. Full Saints Injury Report: <a href="http://t.co/1iy8whBa5c">http://t.co/1iy8whBa5c</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BUFvsNO&amp;src=hash">#BUFvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393468212924268544">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>C.J. Spiller sits out Thursday practice, says there is "no feud" with Doug Marrone: <a href="http://t.co/pyNY32RpQ4">http://t.co/pyNY32RpQ4</a></p>&mdash; Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikerodak/statuses/393456320075939840">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s Thursday Press Conference (VIDEO) -&gt; <a href="http://t.co/ua50SVDWzb">http://t.co/ua50SVDWzb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BUFvsNO&amp;src=hash">#BUFvsNO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393454138236747776">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Have you ever looked at a bottle of water and been amazed at how essential it is to life?&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ColdTubPhilosophy&amp;src=hash">#ColdTubPhilosophy</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/statuses/393449186265288704">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Some good news: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Packers&amp;src=hash">#Packers</a> TE Jermichael Finley was released today from the hospital, where he’s been dealing with a spinal contusion.</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/393446755364519937">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton also wouldn&#39;t divulge anything on RB Mark Ingram&#39;s injury status. Was limited last week but missed Wednesday&#39;s practice.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/393445781018931200">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Big week for Ryan Griffin. Promoted to the the active roster and now verified on Twitter -&gt; <a href="https://twitter.com/Griffin_11">@Griffin_11</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlueCheck&amp;src=hash">#BlueCheck</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393434824620273664">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Drew Brees says plenty of work goes into being &#39;available&#39; every week: video <a href="http://t.co/FISBRL9WwS">http://t.co/FISBRL9WwS</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/393428580425682944">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Found great pics from SuperBowl week practice <a href="https://twitter.com/MiamiHurricanes">@MiamiHurricanes</a> facility. starting LB core &amp; ast. lb coach a. zimmer <a href="http://t.co/wqYmt0CXHv">pic.twitter.com/wqYmt0CXHv</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/389957572582596608">October 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> will wear black jerseys and gold pants Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BUFvsNO&amp;src=hash">#BUFvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393406261879791616">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Failure is not forever!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DontGiveUp&amp;src=hash">#DontGiveUp</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/393399696892252160">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ryan Griffin (<a href="https://twitter.com/Griffin_11">@Griffin_11</a>) chats with <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</a> about being added to the active roster-&gt; <a href="http://t.co/atjXaOxNzw">http://t.co/atjXaOxNzw</a> <a href="http://t.co/SD0NGGOZnR">pic.twitter.com/SD0NGGOZnR</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393398770525667328">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brandon merriweather safety for Redskins being made to sound like criminal! He&#39;s playin the way safety supposed to play pre goodell <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23hitting&amp;src=hash">#hitting</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/393393838200348673">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lance Moore eager to return to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> lineup: <a href="http://t.co/xy4jZtYfYu">http://t.co/xy4jZtYfYu</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/393385076156690432">October 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Bills @ Saints

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Video

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, October 24, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

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