The Eagles have ruled LB Nigel Bradham (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. It'll be the 3rd straight missed game for Bradham, who suffered the injury in the Week 6 loss at Minnesota. Bradham has yet to return to practice since.
The Eagles have ruled LB Nigel Bradham out for Sunday night's game at Dallas. That leaves Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier-Hill as the top 2 LBs against the Cowboys. It's tough to know what to expect from either player statistically, given that they've combined for 1 total game of 50+% playing time. That came from Gerry last week when Bradham left early with his ankle sprain. Gerry is an option for deeper IDP leagues. Philly CB Ronald Darby is questionable for the game after missing the past 3 contests with a hamstring injury. The Eagles also activated CB Jalen Mills, who has been out since suffering a foot injury last October.
Eagles LB Nigel Bradham left Sunday's loss to the Vikings in the 1st half with a left ankle injury and did not return. We'll see about the severity of the injury this week. LB Nate Gerry took over defensive play-calling in Bradham's absence and played a season-high 87% of the defensive snaps. Gerry hadn't previously reached 40% in a game this year.
HC Doug Pederson told reporters Monday that the Eagles "fully expect" LB Nigel Bradham and CB Ronald Darby to play against Washington in Sunday's regular-season opener. According to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports, Pederson said: "Right now, they all practiced today. Looking good. Obviously we haven't made any official announcements on who's in, who's out, but we're going to take it day by day. But fully expect those guys you mentioned to get time on Sunday." In addition to Bradham and Darby, Pederson was also addressing DT Fletcher Cox, G Brandon Brook, DE Derek Barnett and RT Lane Johnson. Bradham, Darby and Cox should be available for IDP lineups after they spent camp and the preseason working back from offseason surgeries. Normally a 3-down player, Bradham could see his snaps limited in the opener coming off his toe rehab.
Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks played just 19 defensive snaps in Sunday's opener against the Browns, and Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that his role doesn't appear likely to grow any time soon. Philly played its nickel package on defense more than its "base" defense, which keeps MLB Jordan Hicks and OLB Nigel Bradham on the field as the 2 LBs (with Kendricks leaving for an extra DB). "As good an athlete as Mychal is, it's just unfortunate that we have to take one guy off," coach Doug Pederson said. "Right now . . . he's the odd man out and he ends up coming off the field." No Eagles coach has spoken publicly of any dissatisfaction with Kendricks' play or attitude, but he was on the field for the 4th quarter of the 3rd preseason game and started the 4th -- territory, in both cases, that NFL starters usually avoid. Kendricks lost 2 weeks to a hamstring injury in August, which might have helped slot him behind Bradham for nickel duties. But Bradham played under DC Jim Schwartz in Buffalo 2 years ago and might need to screw up significantly or get hurt to give Kendricks an opportunity. You can drop Kendricks for a more trustworthy LB in most redraft IDP leagues.
The Eagles expect to start Mychal Kendricks on the weak side, Jordan Hicks in the middle and free-agent addition Nigel Bradham on the strong side in 2016, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hicks played impressively well as a rookie after injuries to Kendricks and Kiko Alonso forced him into the lineup. Bradham played under new DC Jim Schwartz in Buffalo in 2014. Kendricks' skill set makes him dangerous from any spot.
The Eagles on Wednesday signed former Bills LB Nigel Bradham, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Bradham spent his 1st 4 seasons in Buffalo. His most productive year came in 2014 under then-DC Jim Schwartz, who now serves that role in Philly. Bradham's capable of playing any LB spot in a 4-3 alignment but might be best suited for the strong side. We'll see how things sort out before projecting his IDP value.
Bills LB Nigel Bradham will miss his 4th straight game this week because of an ankle injury. LB Manny Lawson has played full time the past 3 weeks in Bradham's absence but only produced 1 worthwhile fantasy line. Preston Brown's the tackle play for your IDP lineup. Buffalo also might miss CB Ronald Darby (groin). The rookie is questionable, but HC Rex Ryan "didn't sound very optimistic" about his chances after Darby put in a very limited practice Friday, according to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW-TV in Buffalo. We'll check Darby's status Sunday, but you should make alternate DB plans for your IDP lineup.
Bills S Aaron Williams (wrist) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. It's a somewhat surprising move after he put in limited practices all week. Buffalo will however, have 3 other "questionable" defenders in the lineup. DT Kyle Williams (knee), LB Nigel Bradham (knee) and LB Brandon Spikes (ribs) are all active. Williams stands as a high-upside IDP option worth playing in most lineups. Bradham's risky but has produced well when healthy this year. Spikes' playing time has fluctuated too much to make him a reliable fantasy option, though he does present some revenge-game potential against his old team.
The Bills list defensive starters LB Nigel Bradham, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Kyle Williams and S Aaron Williams as questionable for Sunday's battle with the Patriots. WGR 550 reports that Bradham is "likely to be a true game-time decision," with Williams even less likely to play. IDP owners should plan to be without both a week after each sat out the Lions win with a knee injury. If Bradham doesn't play, it'll help the fantasy outlook for rookie LB Preston Brown. We've seen no indication that MLB Spikes won't play, but his inconsistent playing time makes him a very iffy IDP prospect. Williams put in limited practices all week despite a wrist injury. We'd bet on him playing against the Pats.
The Bills have listed DT Kyle Williams and OLB Nigel Bradham as doubtful for Sunday's clash with the Lions. Both defenders are dealing with knee injuries suffered in Week 4 and missed practice all week. Rookie Preston Brown will start in Bradham's place and continue to carry intriguing IDP upside. He's worth starting in most fantasy leagues with defensive players. We moved him way up the Week 5 IDP rankings.
The Bills might need to go without 2 key defensive starters Sunday at Detroit. DT Kyle Williams and OLB Nigel Bradham have missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of the knee injuries they suffered in Week 4. Williams' absence would hurt the overall D more, as he's 1 of the best interior linemen in the league. Bradham has performed well in his 1st shot as a full-time player. But if he's out Sunday, rookie Preston Brown looks like a capable replacement. Make sure you get some insurance if you're hoping to have Williams or Bradham in your IDP lineup.
Bills LB Nigel Bradham and DT Kyle Williams left Sunday's loss at Houston with knee injuries. The Buffalo News reports that a "team source" believes neither injury is too serious, but both starters are due for Monday MRIs. We'll keep an eye out for official diagnoses, especially considering that each player has been an IDP factor. If Bradham misses any further time, it would clear room for impressive rookie Preston Brown to remain on the field. If Bradham's OK, though, it could render Brown a part-timer. He wasn't in the starting lineup in Week 4.
Multiple sources report that Bills LB Kiko Alonso suffered an ACL tear in a Tuesday workout in Oregon. Doctors have yet to determine the extent of the damage and, thus, whether he'll miss all of the coming season. But we're not betting on Alonso returning in 2014. Nigel Bradham, Keith Rivers and Ty Powell look like top candidates for his vacated weak-side LB spot in new DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. Alonso's absence could help MLB Brandon Spikes find more tackles and stay on the field for 3rd downs. Check out our updated projections for Buffalo's defense and its IDPs.
The Bills have signed former Bengals and Niners OLB Manny Lawson. The former 1st-round pick saw very limited use with Cincinnati over the past 2 years. Lawson reportedly told his agent at the end of 2012 that he wanted to get back to a 3-4 defense. The Bills hired former Jets DC Mike Pettine in the same role this year and appear to be planning at least a hybrid scheme with 3-4 and 4-3 elements. Lawson can rush the passer and cover RBs and TEs on pass routes. He looks like a 3-down player for Buffalo and a potential deep fantasy football sleeper for your IDP squad.