The Eagles’ linebacker corps hasn’t exactly been the epitome of healthy this offseason, and for Nigel Bradham, he’s been working his way back from tearing ligaments in his toes during the team’s January playoff game against the Saints.
That’s over seven months of recovery for Bradham — someone Jim Schwartz continues to support and put his confidence behind — and he was finally able to participate in seven-on-seven work this week during the Eagles joint practice with the Ravens.
But, just because he’s had two days easing back into drills, doesn’t mean that he feels ready to compete in 11-on-11.
“I just have to get comfortable, real comfortable, with my feet,’’ he said. “I’ve got to get my power back and stuff like that.’’
Asked whether he felt he was close to being ready to participate in 11-on-11 work, he said, “Not really.’’
As far as playing against the Redskins, he paused and said, “Yeah, hopefully.’’
So, Bradham being back at practice in any regard is certainly a positive, but his confidence isn’t super convincing about being ready to go Week 1. After all, we’re only 18 days away from kickoff against Washington, and fully participating in team drills will be a big step in him being ready to return to action.
The situation seems not dissimilar to how Doug Pederson on Tuesday described Jalen Mills being ready for Week 1, “Feel very confident he’ll be ready to go, maybe...”
If Bradham isn’t ready to suit up against Washington, well, the Eagles will be without both of their primary two starting linebackers since Kamu Grugier-Hill is also recovering from injury. Not ideal.