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Graham puts best foot forward

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Jimmy Graham may have been hobbled, but he was a force again in limited time on Sunday. 

Drew Brees passed for five touchdowns and 332 yards, and the New Orleans Saints pulled away for a 35-17 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played after missing practice most of the week with a left foot injury and scored on 13- and 15-yard passes over the middle, powering through tackles at the goal line both times.  After the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton spoke at length about Graham's injury, saying the decision to play the tight end was made just before the game when Graham proved he could make cuts and endure the pain that comes with his foot injury.  Payton said the injury is such it would not get worse by playing and would be the same "three weeks from now, seven weeks from now or ten weeks from now."  The saints will have to manage Graham's practice time during the week and playing time on Sundays.

Graham played far fewer snaps against the Bills and was used mostly in the red zone.  He was only targeted three times and made two touchdown catches.  Moving forward it may be much of the same, as long as Graham can endure the pain that comes with playing on his injured foot.

Graham's first touchdown, on which he bowled over Da'Norris Searcy at the goal line, made it 21-10 in the last minute of the half.

 

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