Bradley praises Eagles medical staff, says he is ready to play

After suffering a concussion last week, Stewart Bradley will start in next week's game. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

Stewart Bradley defended the Eagles medical staff and their handling of his concussion Monday, saying he felt "lucid" even after falling to the turf after a collision against the Green Bay Packers.

"I never really felt that bad, really," Bradley said in his first session with reporters since his injury and the outcry over his brief return to the game with a concussion. "I always felt lucid and always felt like, other than that initial stumble, that my balance was good and I was mentally with it."

He said he initially passed seven or eight concussion tests before he went back into the game. When he came back off the field, though, the team asked him to remember some words they had given him as part of the initial concussion exam. Bradley could not remember them -- boat, apple, pear -- and he was yanked from the game.

Bradley said he passed the memory test the first time.

"It was just them taking precautions just for my safety, which you appreciate," Bradley said. He said he has "a lot of trust" in the Eagles medical staff and head trainer Rick Burkholder.

"They've done a great job. My mom's happy about it," said Bradley, whose mother is a nurse.

Bradley said he has been able to run and lift weights and fully exert himself, and is ready to play Sunday against Jacksonville.