Graham -- who underwent ankle surgery in early May -- hopes to retake the field in time for Week 1 against the Falcons, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Graham indicated Thursday that he will be off crutches next week and believe he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the procedure. A better grasp on his timeline will likely surface as the preseason progresses, but his status for the beginning of the regular season appears hazy at this point.
Graham had ankle surgery earlier in May and is expected to sit out offseason workouts, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.
Graham suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 16, but he managed push through it on the way to a Super Bowl win, during which he stripped Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter. This surgery was to expedite the recovery process, and he's on track to be back in action for training camp in July. Graham had his best year yet in 2017, mustering 47 tackles (33 solo) and 9.5 sacks in 15 games.
Graham tallied two solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
His strip-sack of Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter led to a field goal that put the Eagles up by eight with 65 seconds remaining. It was a perfect ending to a career season which saw the 29-year-old make 47 tackles (33 solo), and shatter his previous career high with 9.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles, defensed two passes and scored his first career touchdown. The Michigan product should be a top option again at his position in 2018 IDP leagues.
Graham (ankle) practiced fully Tuesday.
According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles entered the practice field in full pads. Shortly thereafter, Graham was partaking in individual drills, per Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal, a good sign the defensive end was getting over the ankle injury that forced him out of the regular-season finale. Graham proceeded to handle every rep thrown his way, though, which sets up the Eagles with their full array of pass rushers for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Falcons.
Graham (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Graham did not participate at practice this week, so this is hardly surprising. The Eagles are likely to feature a heavy rotation at defensive end, as they've already secured home-field advantage through the playoffs. The 29-year-old will prepare for a potential return in the divisional round.
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