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Graham (shoulder) had 10 catches on 13 targets for 76 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the 49ers.

Graham almost had a third touchdown on a 47-yard Hail Mary at the end of regulation, but he was called for offensive pass interference thanks to a slight push on cornerback Perrish Cox. After being heavily limited a few weeks ago due to his shoulder injury, Graham seems fully over it, catching 22 passes on 26 targets for 218 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games. Up next is a Bengals defense ranked in the bottom-half of the league against the pass this season.

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Graham (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, the Saints' official site reports.

Graham is back to normal after reaching the end zone in back-to-back contests, but his past two performances against the 49ers have been lacking, with 10 catches (on 18 targets) for 74 yards total in his game log. Still, few options exist at tight end with his potential, especially when the Saints' offense is humming along, as it has been in recent weeks.

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Graham (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against San Francisco.

Graham is rounding into form in recent weeks, shaking off the shoulder issue while snagging 12 passes for 142 yards and two scores in his last two games. It's easy to argue that he's the top tight end option of the week, especially with Rob Gronkowski on bye.

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Graham (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.

Graham may remain a mainstay on New Orleans' injury report for the rest of the season, but owners shouldn't fret about his presence considering his unhinged status Wednesday. His usage has ramped up each of the last three weeks, with 12 catches (on 13 targets) for 142 yards and two touchdowns spread across the past two. Consequently, he's assured of a starting spot in all lineups as long as he avoids further ailments.

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Graham (shoulder) caught 7-of-7 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 28-10 win over the Panthers.

Graham was down for a second after a hard hit during the first quarter, then later appeared to feel some pain in his shoulder in the aftermath of another big hit. No matter, he turned in a strong game for the second straight week, and didn't appear to have his role limited in any way. Even if he has to keep playing at less than 100 percent, Graham should be a steady top-three option at tight end. With 10 days to rest, he may be feeling even better for a tough Week 10 home game against the 49ers.

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Graham (shoulder) is active for Thursday's game at Carolina, the Saints' official site reports.

Graham remains less than 100 percent, but after five catches (on six targets) for 59 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Packers, he should again be a mainstay in lineups. Keep in mind, though, that the Panthers allowed their first score of the season to a tight end in Week 8, tempering his potential.

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Though Graham is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com suggests that there is little doubt that the tight end will suit up for the contest.

Those planning to roll with Graham this week will still want to verify his status in advance of Thursday's 8:25 ET kickoff to be sure, but on the heels of a five-catch, 59-yard effort (with a TD) against the the Packers in Week 8, Graham looks poised to play a key role in the Saints' Week 9 game plan.

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After playing 42 snaps in Sunday night's win against Green Bay - up from 30 snaps the week before in Detroit - Graham (shoulder) stated that he will "take the next 48 hours ... trying to get the swelling and what-not down and try to get ready [for] Thursday," reports ESPN.com. The Saints play in Carolina on Thursday.

Graham gutted out a five-catch, 59-yard performance a home against the Packers, which included a 22-yard touchdown grab, despite clearly not being 100 percent healthy. With the Saints having a short week, Graham said that he'll "pretty much live in the treatment room" over the next two days. While it's unclear when Graham will be back to 100 percent health, Sunday's performance proved that even a moderately healthy Graham is still worth plugging into most lineups given the mediocrity of the tight end position.

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Graham (shoulder) caught 5-of-6 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 44-23 win over the Packers.

Despite having just one target and no receptions at halftime, Graham turned in a solid performance, showing obvious signs of improvement from last week. He got more playing time and more chances to catch the ball, but he still seemed to sub out a bit more often than usual. His big second half was highlighted by a 22-yard touchdown grab -- his fourth of the year -- over Packers cornerback Tramon Williams in single coverage. Graham and the rest of the Saints offense draw a favorable matchup on short rest this Thursday in Carolina. Assuming no setbacks are reported, the superstar tight end is back to must-start status.

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Graham (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against Green Bay, the Saints' official site reports.

After being limited to 30 snaps and zero catches in Week 7, Graham is out there if you need him Sunday and seems likely to be more involved in the Saints' offense this Sunday, provided he avoids any setbacks with his balky shoulder.