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Bradley not worried about Flight Night curse

Stewart Bradley missed practice all of Sunday and on Monday morning with a mild hamstring injury, a speed bump in his road back. In training camp last year - 367 days ago, in fact - Bradley blew out his knee and missed the season, leaving the Birds to founder all season in search of a middle linebacker.

Bradley not worried about Flight Night curse

Stewart Bradley said he is not worried about participating in Flight Night Thursday even though he injured his knee in it last year. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Stewart Bradley said he is not worried about participating in Flight Night Thursday even though he injured his knee in it last year. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Stewart Bradley missed practice all of Sunday and on Monday morning with a mild hamstring injury, a speed bump in his road back. In training camp last year - 367 days ago, in fact - Bradley blew out his knee and missed the season, leaving the Birds to founder all season in search of a middle linebacker.

"It felt good. It was nice to get out there and run around. Just glad to get back on the field," Bradley said yesterday, his first real work since the injury occurred Saturday.

He didn't seem hindered during, but then he hasn't seemed hindered since camp began.

"That first day was definitely [spheroids] to the wall. I feel good; everything is structurally sound," Bradley said. Could the 2 days off be a blessing? "You never know."

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When Bradley left the field Saturday, Moise Fokou was the SAM linebacker beside him. Now it seems to be former WIL starter Akeem Jordan.

"Me and Akeem have been playing together since [I] was drafted. He and Moise are both great linebackers," Bradley said. "Competition across the board makes us better as a defense. It's a real battle right now."

The battle will continue tomorrow night, when the Eagles practice at Lincoln Financial Field in front of paying fans on Flight Night, their annual training-camp charity event - at which Bradley blew out his knee.

That will not affect his participation, he said.

"I don't think there's any jinx or curse," he said. "I'm not superstitious."

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DeSean Jackson, who has not spoken to the media in training camp, is making progress from his back injury suffered Saturday. Coach Andy Reid said Jackson should be ready in a few days.

Jackson's view came via Twitter last night: "Long day of rehab and meetings I'm suppa tired now... Sooo tha PLAY-MAK'A call'n it a night... Gettn better progress is the key... "

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