Sunday, February 7, 2016

Graham: 'I'm feeling good'

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham remains eager to make his season debut and said he feels ready to play.

Graham: 'I'm feeling good'

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham could be activated for the Bears game. (AP file photo)
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham could be activated for the Bears game. (AP file photo)

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham remains eager to make his season debut and said he feels ready to play.

Graham's rookie season ended with a major knee injury that required surgery.  

"I'm feeling good. I feel ready to go every day. I'm anxious to get back out on the field," Graham told the team's website. "I'm going to take my time, see what happens. Hopefully, (I’ll play) this week. If not, I've got another week to get ready."

The Eagles still have some time to make a decision on whether to activate him off the PUP list. He returned to practice last Monday (Oct. 24) and the team has 21 days to decide. The Eagles would have to make a roster move in order to add Graham to the active roster.

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Here is what coach Andy Reid said Monday about Graham:

"We’re just going to practice him again just like we did last week. And we’re going to work him into the rotation, and then we’ll just see how he is as we go. I can’t give you an answer on that right now. We’ll see ... I think he got better as [last] week went on. I thought Wednesday he was tired - the day we were in pads. This is kind of stating the obvious but he hadn’t played football here for awhile. So he gets back in pads and he’s a little bit tired that day, and then he was better Thursday. I thought he was a little fresher, Friday, but I want to go through that week with him again.”

All of the Eagles' sacks this season have come from the defensive linemen, and Graham said he wants to be join the party.

"Seeing (Jason) Babin balling out, seeing Trent (Cole) balling out, all of those guys, I want to be a part of that," Graham said. "If I don't have any sacks then I'm not contributing. I can't want to get out there and have some fun with the boys."


Bears offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, the team's first-round pick, is unsure whether he will be able to return Monday against the Eagles. He suffered a partially dislocated right knee cap in Week 2 against New Orleans and has missed the last five games.

"I'm not sure yet, it's going to be up to the coaches," Carimi told "I know they want me to be confident on it [the knee], so just waiting for that. Stability is fine, pain is low, So everything is coming along. "Nobody likes being injured, you get away from the guys, but I'm glad to be working back into it. That's all I can say right now, I'm just glad to be back into the mix of things."

Sources told the site that Lance Louis is expected to make his third consecutive start at right tackle in Carimi's place.

Also, wide receiver Earl Bennett has been medically cleared to play Monday after suffering what was termed a "serious internal torso injury" when he was hit in the chest against New Orleans.

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