Jul 142011
Eagles DE Brandon Graham

Eagles DE Brandon Graham

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Graham’s ACL surgery included microfracture procedure

July 14 Allentown Morning Call

Brandon Graham had more than just what is now considered a routine operation to rebuild his torn right anterior cruciate ligament after suffering the knee injury last December.  Turns out, it was revealed Wednesday, the surgeon decided after opening Graham’s knee to do a microfracture procedure as well, which could further jeopardize the young Eagles’ second-year defensive end’s quest to return to the field this season.  Graham was drafted with the 13th overall pick in 2010 and won a starting job by opening day. But after a sluggish start to the season, he was replaced by Juqua Parker in Week 5 and was a backup the rest of the way.

Source: Eagles’ Graham had microfracture surgery

July 14 CSN Philly

A league source has confirmed the AnnArbor.com report that Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last December.  Graham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee Dec. 13 against Dallas. In March head coach Andy Reid said it would be “a real stretch” for Graham to play in the Eagles’ season opener at St. Louis on Sept. 11, assuming the regular season starts as scheduled.

NFL lockout: Deal is closer, but rookie wages an obstacle

July 14 Washington Post

Full negotiating teams for the NFL and locked-out players reconvened Wednesday in New York, seeking the elusive finishing touches on a deal to end pro football’s shutdown. An agreement in principle was likely to be completed between Friday and next Tuesday, barring further complications, according to people familiar with the negotiations.  Each side issued a written statement early Wednesday saying the time for a resolution to the four-month-old lockout had arrived.

Kafka says he’s ready to be Eagles’ No. 2 QB

July 13 CSN Philly

If the Eagles’ season comes down to Mike Kafka throwing to Jason Avant, it’s safe to say things haven’t gone according to plan.  But if it does happen, they’ll be ready. Really ready.  On Tuesday, Kafka was once again throwing pass after pass to Avant on the artificial turf field at the Memorial Sports Complex in Marlton, N.J.  It’s been the same thing for a couple months now. Avant runs routes, Kafka hits him in stride. The two have really found some chemistry in the suburbs during their informal workouts during the ongoing lockout.

Eagles pioneer Ralph Goldston dies at age 82

July 13 CSN Philly

Ralph Goldston had no idea he was a pioneer when he reported to the Eagles’ training camp in 1952. He was only concerned with one thing and that was making the team. He didn’t realize he made history just by walking through the door.  Goldston, who died July 9 at age 82, and fellow rookie Don Stevens were the first African-Americans to wear an Eagles uniform. Goldston was an 11th-round draft pick, a halfback from Youngstown State. Stevens, also a halfback, was a 30th-round pick from Illinois.

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