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Jimmy Graham, Kelvin Benjamin, expected to play; Calvin Johnson not likely to go

The Saints should have Jimmy Graham vs. the Lions, who in turn likely won't have Calvin Johnson.

Wesley Hitt

The New Orleans Saints will likely have Jimmy Graham in Week 7 when they face the Detroit Lions. The all-Pro tight end is battling a shoulder that he suffered in Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay, but the team's Bye Week may have been enough for it to heal to the point he can play vs. Detroit. The Saints will likely use Graham in red-zone packages


On the other side, Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson’s sprained ankle may hold him out again this week. Even though head coach Jim Caldwell has suggested it will take a miracle for Johnson to play on Sunday, Johnson is officially questionable, which means there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll play.

Still don't expect to see Johnson play this week.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Caroline Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared to play Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.

Benjamin gets the green light just in time for a delicious matchup against a Green Bay secondary that will be down top cornerback in Sam Shields (knee) and could be missing No. 2 CB Tramon Williams (ankle). Benjamin is in for a big day.