Sunday, February 14, 2016

Parker injury makes way for Graham

UPDATE: The Eagles have activated 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham, who hasn't played since suffering a serious knee injury last December. To make room, they released G Kyle DeVan.

Parker injury makes way for Graham

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With Juqua Parker´s status uncertain, Brandon Graham could be activated. (AP file photo)
With Juqua Parker's status uncertain, Brandon Graham could be activated. (AP file photo)

UPDATE: The Eagles have activated 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham, who hasn't played since suffering a serious knee injury last December. To make room, they released G Kyle DeVan.

The Eagles picked DeVan up on waivers just before the season opener and started him at right guard ahead of first-round rookie Danny Watkins, who had a lot to learn about new offensive line coach Howard Mudd's techniques. DeVan had played for Mudd in Indianapolis. He started the Eagles' first four games, then gave way to Watkins, who has progressed well since. With Winston Justice more or less fully recovered from offseason knee surgery, DeVan was deemed expendable.

 

FROM EARLIER: Eagles coach Andy Reid said today that defensive end Juqua Parker is "doubtful" for Monday night with a high ankle sprain that hasn't healed as well as Parker and the team had hoped. Parker's possible absence against the Bears puts a different twist on the possible activation of defensive end Brandon Graham.

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Graham, the Eagles' 2010 first-round pick, is in the middle of a three-week window in which he must be added to the roster from PUP or sit out the rest of the season. Reid indicated today that Graham will be added either this week or next week, when the Birds face the Arizona Cardinals.

"We haven't made any decisions on Brandon (playing this week) yet," Reid said. The Eaglew originally said they had to put Graham on the roster by tomorrow for him to play this week, but Reid said they've discovered that the NFL offices aren't open on Sunday, and that the decision can wait until 4:30 p.m. Monday.

"We'll just see how J.P. does, and we'll evaluate the film of today's practice on Brandon. He's had a good week of practice," Reid said.

Graham, who underwent ACL repair and microfracture surgery last year, agreed with Reid that he'd had a good week of practice.

"I feel like I'm good," Graham said. "I know when I get out there, I'm going to be a little tired, because of the emotion and all that stuff added to it, but other than that, I'm excited. I feel like I'm where I need to be, and I'm only going to get better every week."

Parker said his ankle feels good today, though he missed practice for the second day in a row. He said he had a high ankle sprain once before, early in his career, and missed six games. This time, Parker was injured Sept. 18 at Atlanta and returned to the lineup Oct. 9 at Buffalo, with the Eagles struggling and Trent Cole out with a calf injury.

Parker said with such an injury, the ankle feels good until you push off or run on it.

 

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Running back LeSean McCoy said he was "100 percent, ready to roll" after practicing again today. McCoy sat out Thursday's practice with what the Eagles said was the stomach flu. McCoy indicated he isn't totally over the bug, but is getting better and feels well enough to play.

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