Eagles DE Brandon Graham "recently" had surgery on his right ankle, according to ESPN's Tim McManus. Doctors operated to promote faster healing on a high ankle sprain Graham suffered in Week 16. He played through the injury in the playoffs but has obviously struggled with it this offseason. Graham's seems likely to miss spring workouts. We'll see if the issue lingers beyond that.
Eagles DE Brandon Graham left in the 4th quarter of Monday night's win over the Raiders with a right ankle injury. We have yet to see any further details on the issue, which originally left him "questionable" to return. After locking up the NFC's #1 seed, though, Philly will have no reason to play Graham in Week 17. That's good news for a struggling Cowboys offense. Expect more playing time for DEs Chris Long and Vinny Curry in the regular-season finale.
The Eagles watched LB Jordan Hicks (quad) and DE Brandon Graham (elbow) leave practice Monday and sit out Tuesday's workout this week. It seems likely that neither defensive starter will play in Thursday night's 3rd preseason game. But HC Doug Pederson called both "day to day" after Tuesday's practice, according to The Intelligencer. That indicates we shouldn't yet worry about either's status for the regular-season opener -- still a little more than 2 weeks away. We'll certainly watch for their healthy returns in the meantime and update for IDP owners.
The Eagles -- somewhat surprisingly -- re-signed OLB Brandon Graham on Monday with a 4-year deal worth a reported $26 million. As long as Graham stays healthy and effective, we'd expect the 27-year-old to play out that contract. Philly clearly needed Graham's edge-rushing talent after releasing OLB Trent Cole. The re-signing also signals that they don't believe 2014 first-round OLB Marcus Smith is near ready for a prominent role. As a starter, Graham should turn into a solid option for fantasy football owners playing in sack-friendly IDP leagues.
Eagles HC Chip Kelly told reporters today that OLB Trent Cole will have surgery on his broken hand this week and miss Saturday's game at Washington. That pushes Brandon Graham into the starting lineup, which shouldn't present a drop-off for the pass rush against a Washington offense that has allowed a lot of sacks in recent weeks. Philly stands as 1 of the top defensive plays in fantasy football this week because of sack and turnover potential. Graham carries plenty of upside in sack-heavy IDP leagues.
After taking their sweet time to look around, the Eagles have chosen Billy Davis to coordinate their defense. In breaking that news, CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher also states unequivocally that the team will run a 3-4 base. The Davis hire seems curious. Despite coaching in the league since 1992, Davis has proved an abject failure in 2 previous stints as coordinator. Under HC Mike Nolan, his Niners unit finished 30th in points allowed and 32nd in yards in 2005, then 32nd and 26th the following year. He was fired in favor of Greg Manusky after that, and the rankings improved. As Cardinals DC in 2009 and 2010, Davis watched his D go from 14th in points and 20th in yards the 1st season to 30th and 29th in his 2nd year. Then he was booted in favor of 1st-time DC Ray Horton. Guess the optimistic view is that Davis can only get better. A switch from 4-3 to 3-4, however, figures to hurt the fantasy outlooks of DEs Trent Cole and Brandon Graham. In typical tackle-heavy IDP leagues, each will be hard pressed to make an impact at LB. On the bright side, perhaps Mychal Kendricks can shift inside and boost his numbers in year 2.
When the Eagles released DE Jason Babin this week, it further cleared the way for Brandon Graham to play as many snaps as his performance commands. Our initial reaction was to play wait-and-see on a guy with just 1.5 sacks for the season. Closer analysis over the past few days, however, reveals a potential IDP sleeper for the stretch run. Despite playing just 211 snaps to date, Graham is rated the 4th-best 4-3 DE overall by Pro Football Focus. That includes a #7 rating in pass rushing. According to PFF, the young Eagle has collected at least 2 total QB disruptions in every game since Week 5. The Babin release clearly gives Graham a 5-week tryout. Graham still has 2 fairly cheap years left on his rookie contract. The next coaching regime would likely be glad to keep him around if he can prove his worth as a starter over these next 5 weeks. On a personal level, Graham has also said that he's driven to prove he's not a 1st-round bust. Being drafted ahead of Jason Pierre-Paul only adds fuel there. Graham opens this opportunity with a pair of positive matchups. DS subscribers can head over to the weekly DL rankings to see just how high we are on his chances to produce.
Eagles DE Brandon Graham is active for tonight's game against the Bears. The last time that was true was Week 14 of 2010. A 1st-round pick, Graham showed pass-rushing promise as a rookie before a serious knee injury ended his season early. He's active ahead of Juqua Parker (ankle) and Philip Hunt, which figures to make him part of the DE rotation. Graham isn't likely to present IDP value the rest of the way but is an interesting option in deeper dynasty formats.
Eagles DE Brandon Graham returned to practice Monday for the 1st time since tearing his right ACL in December. Graham required an ACL repair and microfracture surgery after the injury and opened this year on the PUP. The Eagles now have 3 weeks to decide whether to activate him or put him on IR. The team is expected to activate Graham, though it's unclear how much playing time he might find. Philly already has Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Darryl Tapp and Juqua Parker at the position. DE Philip Hunt seems a likely candidate for release if the team activates Graham. The 2010 1st-round pick showed pass-rush promise last year before his injury. At full health, Graham's speed off the ball fits well with DL coach Jim Washburn's preferred wide-9 style.
Multiple sources are now reporting that Eagles DE Brandon Graham needed microfracture surgery to repair the torn ACL he suffered last year. Microfracture surgeries are tough to come back from. Graham now seems much more likely to begin the 2011 season on the PUP list. And there's a chance that he'll never return to pre-injury form.
Eagles DE Brandon Graham – recovering from last season’s torn ACL – is hoping to be medically-cleared sometime in September. It’s a given that he won’t be ready for Week 1. The question now is whether he’ll be forced to start the season on the PUP list. If he can get healthy, Graham has big upside in Philly’s attacking defense.
Eagles HC Andy Reid admitted that the team is not expecting DE Brandon Graham to be ready for Week 1. Graham suffered a torn ACL last December. He should be back in commission by October, but he's a longshot to have any sort of fantasy impact in 2011.
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