METAIRIE, La. – Saints tight end Jimmy Graham says he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Graham has returned to practice on a limited basis this week despite a shoulder injury that knocked him out of New Orleans' Week 5 victory over Tampa Bay. Graham briefly tried to play with the injury against the Buccaneers, making a 23-yard catch, before a team doctor and Payton questioned him about his pain level and encouraged him to leave the game.
The Saints are coming off of a bye, which offered Graham an extra week's rest, and the tight end says the training staff has managed his injury well.
Graham leads New Orleans with 34 catches for 376 yards and three touchdowns.
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