The injury bug continues to hit the New Orleans Saints with Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham the latest victim. The Saints practiced again this morning with New England a day before the two teams meet in a preseason matchup.
Graham went up in the air to make a catch but when coming down appeared to have injured his back. The tight end went to the ground, before trainers and Drew Brees quickly reached him. Brees patted him on the head and trainers worked to stretch out Graham's back.
After practice interim head coach Joe Vitt said, "He's fine. I haven't been inside yet. There's been no report from the trainers. If there was anything, I would get a report from the trainers."
The Saints have been especially hit hard at defensive back. Yesterday the team watched Johnny Patrick leave practice with a back injury. Patrick is projected to be a nickel cornerback this year for the Saints. He joins fellow starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson on the injury list.
Vitt did have some good news on Robinson after practice, "He's coming a little bit faster than we thought. He's a young guy. He hasn't been nicked up a lot in his career, so he'll continue to get the treatment. He's been diligent with that. That's good news for us."
Vitt is satisfied with the play of the defensive backs up to now, "Listen, I thought our cornerbacks did a good job last week. Our two starting cornerbacks were down. This is a game of opportunity, so the next man is going to have to step up and do the job. Listen, we'll evaluate where we are personnel-wise when we get back to New Orleans."
Linebacker David Hawthorne did not practice today due to a hip flexor and will probably miss tomorrow night's game.
Wide receiver Devery Henderson sat out of practice with a minor ankle injury and Vitt say the team will be "smart about it."
Kickoff tomorrow night between the Saints and Patriots in Gillette Stadium is at 6:30pm.
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