It was revealed late last month that Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham received a one-game suspension from the NFL. Though not ideal, one could figure the situation could’ve been much worse.
And it almost was!
After training camp practice on Thursday, Bradham revealed to Reuben Frank that his suspension — which stemmed from a July 2016 incident where he allegedly punched a cabana boy — was originally for SIX games.
It only got taken down to one thanks to a successful appeal by the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA sure wasn’t of much use when Lane Johnson got suspended, but at least they helped out this time around.
If Bradham’s original suspension held up, he would’ve missed the following Eagles games:
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN)
That wouldn’t have been ideal. Especially knowing that Jordan Hicks is injury prone and there’s currently an open competition for the WILL linebacker spot.
Again, it’s inconvenient that Bradham has to miss any time at all, but one game is nothing compared to the six it could’ve been. Hopefully he keeps this in mind for his decision-making moving forward.