Veteran defensive end Brandon Graham is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the Eagles' game in Washington, Doug Pederson said Monday.
Graham, who hasn’t missed a game because of an injury since 2010, got hurt early in the fourth quarter during a short pass from Dwayne Haskins to Terry McLaurin. He was slow to get up and slowly walked off the field with a trainer. He did not return to the game.
As is the case with concussions, there’s no telling how long Graham will be out or whether he’ll be able to play against the Rams on Sunday. Generally — but not always — players who suffer concussions miss at least one game.
Graham has played in 135 of a possible 136 games since the start of the 2012 season. The only game he missed was the final day of the 2017 season, when Pederson rested several starters against the Cowboys with the No. 1 seed already locked up.
The last time B.G. missed time because of an injury was 2010, when he tore his ACL with three games left in the season.
Since the start of 2012, only one NFL defensive lineman — the Saints’ Cameron Jordan — has played more games than Graham (136).
Graham, Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce are the only Eagles to start every game since opening day 2018.
Pederson said defensive end Vinny Curry and cornerback Craig James both suffered significant injuries and are out for multiple weeks. Curry’s injury is a hamstring. James’ is undisclosed.
With Graham and Curry both on the injured list and Derek Barnett’s status for Sunday also up in the air — he’s been out since before training began — the Eagles are very thin at edge rusher.
The only healthy edges on the roster right now are Josh Sweat, Genard Avery and Casey Toohill.
Sweat played 49 snaps Sunday, most of any Eagles defensive end and had a sack. Avery played 20 snaps. Toohill, a rookie seventh-round pick, was inactive.
Joe Ostman, who’s been in camp with the Eagles the last two years, is on the practice squad.
With James out, the Eagles now have four healthy cornerbacks — Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Cre’Von LeBlanc.
Trevor Williams and Elijah Riley are on the practice squad. Riley is an undrafted rookie from Army and more of a safety than corner, but Williams has played in 39 NFL games, starting 27.