Graham expects to start this week

Eagles rookie DE Brandon Graham believes he will return to his starting position on Sunday. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)

Rookie defensive end Brandon Graham expects to be back in the starting line up this Sunday, saying Juqua Parker appears unlikely to play due to his hip flexor injury.

Andy Reid said Parker and cornerback Asante Samuel (knee strain) would not practice today. Samuel's status for Sunday is unclear. He said he is working to get better. If he can't play, Joselio Hanson would likely start in his place, with rookie Trevard Lindley likely getting more time in nickel situations.

Parker entered the Giants game with his hip injury and played sparingly. Graham said he felt more in the rhythm of Sunday's game. He had a forced fumble to show for his effort.

"It’s always good to get going. You don’t want to keep going back and forth, on and off, not getting the feel of how the game is going or how you’re tackle is doing," Graham said. 

"When you’re in the game, you try to get that, like when Kobe gets in a rhythm, once you get in a rhythm, you good – I just got to get in a rhythm," Graham said.

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