Jimmy Graham in verbal spat

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SEATTLE -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had a verbal confrontation with Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin on the CenturyLink Field about two hours before Saturday's NFC divisional-round playoff game.

Graham was shouting and pointing at Irvin, seeming to gesture for the linebacker to get away from him.

Irvin continued to get closer to Graham, but other players and team officials separated the players before things escalated.

Graham is one of the top tight ends in the NFL but didn't have a good game in New Orleans' 34-7 loss at Seattle on Dec. 2. He had only three receptions on nine targets in that game, but he did score on a 2-yard pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter.

Irvin had two sacks in 12 games following a four-game suspension at the start of the season.