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Brandon Graham activated from PUP list

Brandon Graham activated from PUP list

The Eagles will get a little boost as they begin their workweek today. Their Super Bowl hero is back.

Brandon Graham, who has been on the Active/PUP list since the beginning of training camp, has been activated and will practice Monday, less than three weeks from the start of the regular season.

In recent weeks, Graham has been spotted working with trainers on side fields, but now, he’ll get a chance to join his teammates as they begin to gear up for Week 1.

Graham, 30, had surgery this offseason to help heal a high ankle sprain he suffered on Christmas night against the Raiders. Yes, that’s right, he made the biggest play in Eagles history — the strip sack on Tom Brady — with an ankle injury that eventually needed surgery.

“I never won a championship,” Graham said in July about playing through the injury last year. “To be able to be on this team that we had, there’s no way I’m not going to be a part of it. So I did all I could.

“If I didn’t feel good, I wouldn’t have done it. Sometimes the medicine helps it, too. Sometimes it doesn’t. But you just have to be smart.”

In Graham’s absence, Chris Long has been the starter at his left defensive end spot and Derek Barnett has been the starter at right defensive end. Michael Bennett has been working with Josh Sweat on the second unit. The Eagles are incredibly deep at defensive end and Graham might still be their best one.

This will be Graham’s ninth season with the Eagles and he’s entering the final year of his contract. He hasn’t been shy about his desire for a new deal and while de facto GM Howie Roseman has been very complimentary of Graham, a new deal hasn’t gotten done yet.

Graham’s career has been interesting. He was considered a bust for the first few years of his career after being a first-round pick and just recently came into his own. He had the best season of his career in 2017, piling up 9½ sacks and was also extremely stout against the run.

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Eagles Injury Update: A glimpse of Mike Wallace sans boot

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Eagles Injury Update: A glimpse of Mike Wallace sans boot

Updated: 4:25 p.m.

Eagles receiver Mike Wallace is still on injured reserve after fracturing his right fibula in Week 2, but we got a glimpse of him at practice. 

Just last week, we saw Wallace in the Eagles’ locker room with a walking boot on his right leg. That walking boot is off. 

Wallace, 32, was a spectator at Thursday’s practice inside the practice bubble. He was out of that boot, but still seemed to be walking with a limp. See for yourself. 

This is notable because earlier this week, the Eagles designated Richard Rodgers to return from injured reserve. That means they have just one spot remaining for either Wallace or fellow receiver Mack Hollins. Both are eligible to return now. Just last week, we saw Hollins working with trainers on a side field. So it appears Hollins is closer to returning than Wallace. 

The Eagles might have a decision to make. Is it worth getting back Hollins, who has never really been a productive receiver, but is a good special teams player? Or is it worth bringing back Wallace, who, at his best, is a big-time downfield threat? 

Here’s the full injury report from today: 

Did not practice: Ronald Darby (knee), Jalen Mills (foot), Josh Perkins (knee), Darren Sproles (hamstring)

Limited: Lane Johnson (knee), Haloti Ngata (knee)

Full: Malcolm Jenkins (wrist), Sidney Jones (hamstring) 

None of the guys who didn't practcie are expected to play this weekend. Jones said he will be able to play, which will be big for the Eagles. 

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How Andy Reid stole a play from Carson Wentz

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How Andy Reid stole a play from Carson Wentz

The Chiefs ran a play on opening day last year that helped them to a 42-27 upset win over the Patriots in Foxboro, and it’s a play that would look very familiar to Carson Wentz.

Here’s why:

With the Patriots holding a 27-21 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Andy Reid’s Chiefs had a 1st-and-10 on their own 22-yard line.

What were the Chiefs facing? The Patriots, at that point, were 105-0 at home with Tom Brady when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.

Reid called a play where Kareem Hunt — playing in his first NFL game — lined up in the backfield, just to the right to Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill was in the left slot, Travis Kelce lined up tight to the right and WR Chris Conley was wide left.

Hill went into motion to the right, drawing safety Duron Harmon down to the line of scrimmage. Cornerback Eric Rowe, the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2015, was lined up on Hill but dropped back when Harmon moved up.

Rowe then picked up Kelce as he ran a crossing pattern, leaving the middle of the field open and giving the Chiefs a great matchup of linebacker Cassius Marsh on Hunt.

Smith had tremendous protection and dropped a perfect pass to Hunt, who caught the ball just past midfield and ran in for a 78-yard touchdown. The Chiefs wound up winning by 15.

It was a perfectly designed play.

And it came right out of the Carson Wentz playbook.

In her SI.com piece, “Andy Reid is Creating Football’s Future, and Patrick Mahomes is Living It,” Jenny Vrentas explains that Reid first saw the play that resulted in that 78-yard touchdown — and which the Chiefs have had success with other times as well — while watching tape of Wentz at North Dakota State.

The Chiefs weren’t planning to draft a quarterback in 2016, but Reid always watches film of the top quarterback prospects anyway, and while watching North Dakota State film, he saw Wentz and the Bisons run that play over and over … with great success.

“We were studying Carson and kind of snuck that one,” Reid said.

According to Vrentas, North Dakota State calls the play "He-Man," and the Chiefs call it "All-Go Special Halfback Seam."

Whatever the name, it works, and it neatly connects the Eagles’ current quarterback with their former head coach.

Ironic that Reid snagged a play from Wentz, who now plays for Doug Pederson, who was Reid’s quarterback in 1999 and offensive coordinator with the Chiefs from 2013-15 and now coaches Wentz.

Do the Eagles have that play in their playbook? Probably. But they definitely don’t have a Kareem Hunt.

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