January 2, 2011

Jenkins, Graham, Ivory injured in opening minutes of finale

The first quarter of the regular season finale was good on the scoreboard, bad on the sideline.

The Saints were up 7-3 at the end of the first, but FS Malcolm Jenkins had picked up a game-ending right knee injury of unknown severity, and TE Jimmy Graham, who caught Brees' touchdown pass, was on the sidelines with a left ankle injury.

Without Graham, the Saints are down to TE Tory Humphrey at the position.  Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas are out.

RB Chris Ivory's return from a three-week absence lasted barely a quarter before a left foot injury had him on the sidelines.

Ivory's replacement, Julius Jones, fumbled the ball at the goal line as the Saints were heading in for a second touchdown of the game.

UPDATE: Later in the second quarter, DE Alex Brown left the game with an apparently shoulder injury.

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