New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said his shoulder injury has "really held me back sometimes" this season.
The two-time Pro Bowler injured his shoulder during the Saints’ Week 5 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said he still manages the pain "every day" and that it has impacted his blocking.
"At times this year the shoulder has really held me back sometimes," Graham said. "Other times I’m able to fight through the pain. I just got to man up and keep doing it."
Graham has 65 catches this season for 670 yards and nine touchdowns. As it stands, his 10.3 yards per reception average is the lowest of his five career seasons.
In 2013, Graham led all NFL tight ends with 16 touchdown catches.
The Saints (5-7) host the Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) on Sunday.
- Molly Geary