Bradley surgery, Ellis Hobbs, Tom Brady playing time

Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee. The surgery was performed in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. James Andrews.

The Eagles have not officially commented on a recovery timetable, but Bradley's season is expected to be over.

“He did have his surgery" coach Andy Reid said today. "I’m probably going to tell you the same thing that I’ve told you after every surgery, that the doctor felt good about it. They think it went well and we’ll just see how he rehabs here.”

Andrews has been busy with Philly football players this week. He also examined Eagles rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram, who re-tore his left ACL last week. No date for surgery has been set, although Reid said it likely will be in the next few days. He also said Andrews will likely handle the surgery.

According to ESPN, Andrews cleared former Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan to begin working out after Andrews performed microfracture surgery on Runyan's knee in the spring.

The presumption that Ellis Hobbs will overtake Sheldon Brown in the aftermath of Brown's unhappiness with his contract and subsequent trade demand seems to be unfounded thus far.

When asked about the corner rotation for Thursday's preseason opener, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said it would be just like it has been at training camp.

"Sheldon and Asante will start and they will also work themselves in," McDermott said. "Then we’ll go from there.”

McDermott described Hobbs as "absorbing the defense right now."

Interestingly, excellent Boston Globe beat reporter Mike Reiss noted that Hobbs would be the fifth or sixth best corner on the Patriots roster right now.

Hard to have many training camp conversations without the subject of injuries coming up. Here's Quintin Mikell's take: “It’s part of the game. That’s all you can do; these things happen. It’s unfortunate. We work really hard, and anytime anybody goes down it sucks. But we’ve just got to go out there and do what we’ve got to do.”


Preseason results are meaningless, of course. You will note the Lions went 4-0 in the preseason and then 0-16 in the regular season. However, from the sounds of things in New England, the Patriots have some serious intentions. Tom Brady said he is ready to play and expecting to play.

"From his tone and the message [coach Bill Belichick] been sending to the team, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a first preseason game for us," Brady told reporters. "I think he wants to see what we’re all about. I don’t think it’s like a guest appearance or anything like that. I think we’re going out there to play.”

Meanwhile. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is confident that Tom Brady will start tomorrow's preseason opener that he is giving away 1,000 free lottery tickets with the Patriots logo if he does not.

By the way, a state lottery spokeswoman recently told the Daily News that the state remains in discussions with the Eagles and Steelers about a similar scratch off ticket and hopes to have something in place by the start of the season.


The Eagles close out the Lehigh portion of training camp with a walkthrough this morning and then a news conference in which Andy Reid is expected to address the playing time rotation against New England.