NFL:Jimmy Graham in ‘Good Spot’ After Arrest and Medical Episode, Saints Coach Dennis Allen Says

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New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media on Saturday and provided an update on the condition of tight end Jimmy Graham, who was arrested on Friday night after experiencing a medical episode that left him disoriented and wandering into traffic.

Allen said that Graham was “shaken up” by the incident, but he was in a “good spot” and recovering well. He also said that Graham had a “likely seizure” that caused him to lose consciousness and act erratically. He said that Graham had no history of seizures and that the team was still trying to determine the cause of his condition.

“He’s doing fine. He’s shaken up, obviously. It was a scary situation for him and for everybody involved,” Allen said. “But he’s in a good spot right now. He’s resting and recovering. We’re going to do everything we can to support him and help him get through this.”

Allen also confirmed that Graham was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, but he did not specify what substance it was. He said that the team was aware of the situation and that it would handle it internally.

“We’re aware of the situation. We’re gathering all the facts and information. We’ll deal with it appropriately as an organization,” Allen said. “We’re not going to comment on any specifics or details of the situation at this time.”

Allen also expressed his support and appreciation for Graham, who has been one of the team’s best players and leaders since joining the Saints in 2018. He said that Graham was a “great person” and a “great teammate” who had a positive impact on the team and the community.

“Jimmy is a great person. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great player. He’s done a lot of great things for this organization and for this city,” Allen said. “He’s someone that we care about deeply. We’re going to stand by him and help him in any way we can.”

Graham, who is 36 years old, is a six-time Pro Bowler and a former All-Pro. He has played for the Saints, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Green Bay Packers in his 14-year NFL career. He has caught 688 passes for 8,272 yards and 82 touchdowns in his career.

Graham is expected to miss some time as he recovers from his medical episode and deals with his legal issues. The Saints will rely on Adam Trautman, Nick Vannett, and Juwan Johnson to fill in for him at the tight end position.

Graham is back in the NFL after sitting out the 2022 season, and he’s reunited with the franchise that selected him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. The 36-year-old spent the first five years of his career in New Orleans before also playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. He was once considered to be among the top tight ends in the league, earning five career Pro Bowl selections.

The Saints are hoping Graham will help end a two-year skid of missing the playoffs. With new quarterback Derek Carr under center, the team’s passing attack is sure to be the focal point of the offense in 2023.

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