Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was “taken into custody by local authorities” Friday night after experiencing a “medical episode” that “resulted in him becoming disoriented,” the team said in a statement Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:
- The 36-year-old was brought to a hospital for evaluation, where he was met by team doctor John Amoss, the team said. Graham spent the night in the hospital.
- Amoss believes Graham likely suffered a seizure.
- Graham, who returned to New Orleans on a one-year deal last month, was released from the hospital Saturday morning and is back with the team as it prepares to play the Los Angeles Chargers on the road Sunday.
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— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 19, 2023
Graham — a five-time Pro Bowler — last played in 2021, when he caught 14 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns for the Chicago Bears. Graham earned three of his Pro Bowl bids while with New Orleans from 2010 to 2014, along with a first-team All-Pro nod.
He caught 713 passes for 8,506 yards and 85 touchdowns in his 12 seasons in the league.
The Saints picked Graham in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He became a huge force for them in Year 2, when he hauled in 99 receptions for 1,310 yards and 11 TDs.
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