I know, this burns. It burns so deep, but at this point on a Friday afternoon, you have little choice but to find an option at tight end who isn’t named Jimmy Graham. Please take a moment to collect your thoughts.
OK, moving on then.
If I’m delivered a finely slice and diced helping of crow by Graham when he plays and still posts solid numbers during a Herculean effort while injured, I’ll gladly eat and enjoy. But let’s consider the facts around our Graham case that could quite easily align to create tears on Sunday. So many tears.
He didn’t practice Wednesday due to his injured ankle, and he was limited Thursday and today. He maintained that poor practice status despite the Saints’ bye last week, meaning his ankle had 10 days to heal before his team’s next practice to prepare for a football game. That’s what’s led to his questionable status this week for the Saints game against Tampa, and his potential absence during that matchup induces even more pain since the Bucs have the league’s 31st ranked secondary, allowing an average of 312.2 passing yards per game.
But oh, it gets worse for Graham, because of course.
After watching the tight end hobble around at practice, beat writer Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune says that Graham is “as questionable as it gets,” and added that even if he does play, he’ll be limited and won’t be Graham at all. So if you’re a Graham owner, and you’re not confident in your TE2 (I have Dustin Keller in one of my leagues and Tony Gonzalez on a bye, which means my palm will be attached to my forehead Sunday), then you should start exploring your emergency options.
Coby Fleener is out there in 75 percent of ESPN leagues, and he has a respectable 83 receiving yards over his last two games. He’s opposing a Cleveland defense that gave up 68 yards to Jermaine Gresham last week (55 of which came on one play) and a touchdown.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Dez Bryant (groin): Gulp. Late Friday additions to the injury report are the worst surprise ever. Bryant tweaked his groin, and is listed as questionable. This could clear the way for the Panthers to get Ogletree’ed. [Cowboys.com]
- Terrell Suggs (knee): If John Harbaugh gives you an answer to the Suggs injury question, he’ll have to murder you. That’s the Ravens’ bro code. We know that he’ll travel to Houston, but Suggs actually suiting up still seems extremely unlikely. [Baltimore Sun]
- Greg Jennings (groin): The wide receiver you took in the second round is now about to miss his fourth game of the year, and by our rough calculations that means in only Week 7 Jennings has already been out for a quarter of the season. He’s been ruled out for Sunday, so slot in James Jones again. [Packer Report]
- Pierre Garcon (foot): Garcon remains broken, because that’s what he does best. He’s been officially listed as doubtful, but there’s no chance he plays against the Giants. [John Keim]