PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham placed his hand in the ground, looking inward at the ball which was looking at the simulated line of scrimmage. Graham pushed down the line with a sudden flurry and appeared to be back to his usual self after an injury hampered his plan to train on Wednesday.
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On Thursday, a day after being sidelined with a hamstring injury, Graham returned in limited capacity. Graham said he suffered from the disease in the Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Graham said he expects to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I got hit in the game and got hit in the side of the leg,” Graham said. “It was sore and a little bruised. It was more about trying to make sure I didn’t irritate him even more, but for the most part it was just a precaution to make sure I would be able to play in the game.
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Having Graham ready to go will be important, especially when the Eagles try to pressure Steelers rookie quarterback and Oakhurst native Kenny Pickett. Graham could be joined by newly acquired defensive end Robert Quinn, giving the Eagles some edge speed to go along with the push into the middle of the pocket from defensive tackles Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave and Jordan Davis.
Another player who improved was right tackle Lane Johnson. Johnson, who left the game against the Cowboys with a concussion, was a full participant. Before practice, Johnson said he was cleared of concussion protocol and should be good to go. Johnson was on the court doing rehearsals and seemed to be picking up the pace as if he should be fine.
It looks like the Eagles will have their full starting offensive line intact, giving quarterback Jalen Hurts more time to throw and running back Miles Sanders to continue to succeed in the running game.
Here’s the full list of injuries from Thursday’s training:
OF Brandon Graham (hamstrings)
CB Josh Jobe (shoulder)
RT Lane Johnson (concussion)
RG Isaac Seumalo (ankle)
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Chris Franklin can be reached at [email protected].