Bradley a 'stretch' to play Sunday, Reid says

Stewart Bradley said he will play in the Eagles' playoff game against the Packers - but will he start? (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

It's looking bad for linebacker Stewart Bradley. Andy Reid said it would be a "stretch" for Bradley to play against the Packers, contradicting Bradley's comments Sunday that he was "confident" he could play.

If the team had to play today, Bradley would not be able to go, Reid said.

"He hasn't been able to do anything where he applies pressure," on his injured elbow, Reid said.

Bradley dislocated his left elbow Dec. 12 against the Cowboys and has not played since.

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Rookie Jamar Chaney would start in Bradley's place.

"Chaney's doing well, yes," Reid said. "On the other hand, I will tell you that if (Bradley's) ready to play, he'll play. He's just not ready now."

Reid said it would be possible that both Bradley and Chaney play against Packers, if Bradley is healthy. That might leave Chaney at middle linebacker and the larger Bradley at strong side linebacker. Or the Eagles could go with Bradley's experience as the signal caller in the middle and try the speedy Chaney elsewhere, at either the weak side (in place of Ernie Sims) or strong side (in place of Moise Fokou). One or the other could also be used in limited packages.

Guard Max Jean-Gilles also couldn't practice if he had to today. Reid wouldn't say if Jean-Gilles, the only starting offensive lineman to play Sunday, will be ready for the playoffs.

"It's just a matter of days here, to see how he does," Reid said. "There's a chance he makes it by Wednesday," when practice resumes.

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