Despite the fact that the Eagles have been eliminated from the playoffs, outside linebacker Trent Cole isn't ready to give up on the 2014 season yet. According to Cole, he is hoping to play in Philadelphia's meaningless season finale against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Cole suffered a broken hand in Week 15, which caused him to miss the team's game in Week 16 against Washington. It was the first time Cole had missed a game since 2011, and it was only the fourth game in his entire career where Cole was forced to sit out.
Cole was seen participating in practice on Tuesday. It's unclear if Cole will be able to play considering he only had hand surgery last week, but he's not ruling himself out just yet.
The veteran linebacker's future with the team is unclear. Cole turns 33 next October. His 2015 cap value is priced at $11.6. The team can release him for a savings of $8.4 million.
In the meantime, Brandon Graham will start if Cole can't play. According to ProFootballFocus, Graham played well. He didn't record a sack but he did record three quarterback hits, four quarterback hurries, and two tackles.
Like Cole, Graham's future is also unclear. He'll be a free agent after the season. The Eagles have interest in keeping him, which could mean they hope to replace Cole with him, but Graham is expected to test free agency.