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Graham (shoulder) failed to record a catch on two targets during Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Graham's return from a shoulder injury Sunday was quite surprising, as he was expected to be sidelined for at least two to three games after the team's Week 6 bye. He took a pain-killing injection before the game and was expected to play around 30 snaps, a figure ESPN.com's Mike Triplett estimated he played. He was unable to do anything with his limited looks, though he made it through the game without injuring his shoulder any further. Up next is a home game against a Packers defense that is ranked in the top-five in fewest passing-yards allowed this season.

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Graham (should) will get a pain-killing injection before Sunday's game against the Lions and will try to play around 30 snaps, Fox's Jay Glazer reported on their pregame show.

This falls in line with earlier reports about Graham's potential workload. Hence, don't look for him to be in there in running downs, but Graham should play in red zone situations and obvious passing downs where he doesn't have to block.

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Graham (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game at Detroit.

Upon the sun rising Sunday morning, all signs pointed to Graham taking the field for the first time since Week 5, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. It was suggested by Albert Breer of NFL Network that he could reprise a red-zone only gig, as he handled last year against the Bills in Week 8, when he gathered in two touchdowns in merely 18 snaps. As a result, owners may want to take the chance that such a rich performance is in the cards.

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Graham (shoulder) expects to play Sunday against the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Graham, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 against the Bucs, was expected to miss at least two to three games after the Week 6 bye, but after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday this week, he will test out his shoulder before the game, with the expectation that he will play. However, he is not expected to start, and he'll will likely have his snaps limited, with Ben Watson and Josh Hill still likely to see an increase in playing time.

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Graham (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday.

Coach Sean Payton expressed some optimism regarding Graham's status earlier this week, and two limited practices to close out the week give reason to take him somewhat seriously. Meanwhile, according to ESPN NFL Nation's Mike Triplett, Graham said that he did not know whether he'd play against the Lions, saying it could come down to a game-time evaluation made by New Orleans' coaches. If Graham ends up sitting, Ben Watson would likely be the lead replacement, though Josh Hill would also see snaps.

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Graham (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, leaving open the possibility that he could play Sunday against Detroit, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

This would be a remarkably fast recovery after Graham was initially anticipated to miss two to three games following the Saints' Week 6 bye. His status for Sunday remains uncertain, but Graham owners now have reason for optimism.

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Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that his is "still optimistic" about Graham (shoulder), ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

We'll provide another update about Graham after the Saints release their Thursday injury report, but Payton's optimism is encouraging. As it stands now, however, Graham remains unlikely to play Sunday against the Lions.

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Graham (shoulder) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.

Although he was absent from team drills, Graham fit in some individual work during the portion of practice open to the media, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. In actuality, the fact that he fit in any activity Wednesday is impressive considering he's expected to sit out 2-to-3 weeks following the Saints' Week 6 bye. If the preceding comes to fruition, as expected, he'll likely be ruled out of Sunday's game at Detroit by the end of the week.

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Graham is expected to miss two-to-three weeks after the Saints' Week 6 bye due to a shoulder sprain.

We'll continue to track Graham's status as Week 7's contest against the Lions approaches, but based on the report, the tight end's fantasy owners will now have to look into securing a replacement for him beyond the Saints' current bye. Next up for the Saints' tight end snaps are Ben Watson, Josh Hill and newcomer Tom Crabtree.

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The Saints believe Graham's shoulder injury is a sprain, and the injury is not thought to be serious, NFL.com reports.

After leaving Sunday's game in the first half, Graham was initially deemed probable to return, only to be ruled out a bit later. He did briefly try to play through the injury at first, but wasn't able to keep going. While the Saints' initial optimism is a good sign, it shouldn't be assumed that Graham is in the clear. Luckily for owners, the team has a Week 6 bye, giving the superstar tight end two weeks to get healthy.