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Sam Bradford reportedly has a separated shoulder injury but still wants to play this week

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Just how close is Sam Bradford to returning?

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez is expected to start at quarterback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A report from earlier this week revealed that Sanchez might even start Philadelphia's next two games. But according to a new report from ESPN's Ed Werder, Bradford still wants to see if he can play this week.

Note that Bradford's shoulder injury is to his non-throwing arm. Bradford suffered the injury after getting hit in the Eagles' Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Bradford has attended practiced, but he has not participated at all so far this week. According to Chip Kelly, Bradford still hasn't passed through the NFL's mandatory concussion protocol. Philadelphia's starting quarterback isn't allowed to return to the field until he's cleared by an independent doctor.

The Eagles are usually pretty strict about having players practice before they play. It's hard to see Bradford returning late in the week and then suiting up for game action, but perhaps it can't be totally ruled out just yet.