Posted: Oct 23, 2013 5:55 PM by AP
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - With receiver Lance Moore, right tackle Zach Strief and linebacker Jonathan Vilma in pads and working through at least parts of practice, the New Orleans Saints are optimistic they'll have more veteran leadership on the field for an expected playoff push.
Less certain is when star tight end Jimmy Graham will return from a left foot injury.
Graham was unable to practice on Wednesday, but did not appear seriously hurt as he walked the sideline with tape on his left foot. Payton says he thinks Graham is "doing well" and that the Saints will be smart about when to bring him back.
The Saints are coming off a bye, which came at a good time for Graham and several other Saints, some of whom should return against Buffalo this Sunday.