Monday, February 8, 2016

Graham, Cole, Peters return to practice

On their first day back from their bye, the Eagles got reinforcements.

Graham, Cole, Peters return to practice

Eagles defensive end Trent Cole returned to practice on Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)
Eagles defensive end Trent Cole returned to practice on Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)

On their first day back from their bye, the Eagles got reinforcements.

Defensive end Brandon Graham returned to practice, participating in all of the short Monday session. So did defensive end Trent Cole and left tackle Jason Peters.

Peters was back at left tackle, allowing Todd Herremans to slide back to right tackle, where he has spent most of the season.

Jason Babin and Juqua Parker got the first team snaps at defensive end, but Graham said he and Cole worked in with the starters as well. Graham said his knee felt explosive and strong, but that he has to work on getting his "wind" back into game shape. Graham hopes to play Sunday but said he does not know if he will play yet.

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"I feel good, I feel a lot better than expected," Graham said. He said he felt "timid" at first but good once he was out there running plays. "All I've got to do is get in shape right now."

The Eagles have three weeks to evaluate Graham and decide if or when to bring him off the Physically Unable to Perform list. Graham has said he expects to play this year but it's up to coaches to decide how soon.

Ronnie Brown was also back after a brief stop in Detroit. Brown had returned to Atlanta during the Eagles bye, flew to Detroit on Wednesday and went through a physical, got his locker and number -- 36 -- but was pulled out of a meeting and told to see the coach.

"I was like, what have I done already?" Brown said. He did not participate in any practices.

Brown said he was looking forwrd to possibly having a larger role with the Lions, but would continue to work hard as an Eagle.

"You realize, I've been around, this is my seventh season, so there's a business side of this, unfortunately these are some of the things you've got to deal with," Brown said. "I'm going to be a professional, I'm going to be where I'm supposed to be, do the things I need to do and try to see how I can get better each day."

Kurt Coleman was back at safety, as expected.

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