Star New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will be available for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome despite a foot injury. But it’s unclear how much action he’ll actually see after it was reported Sunday that he has a partially torn plantar fascia.
Graham — who leads the Saints with 37 catches for 593 yards and six touchdowns — came up limping after Drew Brees threw an interception early in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 13. Brees’ pass was intended for Graham.
Fox’s Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that Graham was subsequently diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia.
Inactives include defensive end Tyrunn Walker (knee), safety Roman Harper (knee) and cornerback Rod Sweeting (hip), who were ruled out Friday. On Sunday, the Saints (5-1) scratched running back Mark Ingram (toe), running back Travaris Cadet (healthy) and No. 3 quarterback Ryan Griffin (healthy).
Ingram and Harper have now missed five consecutive games. Cadet, in his second year, had scored his first career TD against New England; and rookie Griffin was promoted to the active roster this week.
Wide receiver Lance Moore will be available to play after missing the past three games with a hand injury. So will defensive end Cameron Jordan, who leads the Saints in sacks with five, and right tackle Zach Strief. Jordan and Strief missed some work this week with ankle injuries and were questionable. Strief sat out the Saints’ defeat at New England.
For Buffalo (3-4), running back C.J. Spiller is inactive with an ankle injury. Quarterback EJ Manuel, quarterback Matt Flynn, defensive back Justin Rogers, linebacker Ty Powell, offensive lineman Antoine McClain and linebacker Manny Lawson are also inactive.
Manuel has a knee injury, and Lawson has a hurt hamstring.