Saints TE Jimmy Graham has been arrested after suffering a medical seizure

Catherine TerrellESPN staff writerAugust 19, 2023, 01:10 PM ET2 minutes to read

The team said in a statement that police took into custody New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham on Friday night after he suffered a medical episode.

Graham, 36, was taken into custody on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance after police said they found him wandering in traffic, according to a report from TMZ.

The Saints said that team doctors believe Graham had a seizure that left him disoriented.

“Jamie Graham suffered a medical incident last night at the New Orleans Saints, which left him disoriented,” the team said in a statement on Saturday. He was taken into custody by local authorities and taken to a local hospital for assessment of what Dr. John Amos believed was a possible epileptic seizure and spent the night under medical supervision and testing. Amos met Graham at the hospital and is overseeing his care at this time. He was released this morning and is with the team as they continue Preparations for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.”

Graham signed a one-year deal with the Saints on July 25, returning to the team that originally selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. Graham played for the Saints for five seasons from 2010 to 2014 before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks. He also played for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears before stepping away from the game last season.

The Saints are in California in preparation for Sunday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers and have done joint practice with the Chargers at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California. Graham was fully involved in Friday morning training as usual and spoke to local reporters afterward.

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