Nigel Bradham said he expects to be disciplined by Eagles head coach Doug Pederson for not alerting the team that he was sick and not traveling to East Rutherford, New Jersey, for last week’s preseason finale, but he said he expects to play Sunday in the regular-season opener against the Redskins.
Bradham was not scheduled to play in the preseason game last Thursday against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, but he didn’t show up for the bus trip to North Jersey from Philadelphia that Wednesday because he was sick, he said.
He said he didn't contact Pederson or any of his coaches because he was so sick.
The story was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
I was actually supposed to travel but after walkthroughs and stuff I guess I ate something that didn’t settle well in my stomach,” he said after practice Thursday. “So it just wasn’t going to work to take that ride.
Bradham acknowledged he should have contacted Pederson or someone with the Eagles before they had to check with him to see where he was.
Just communicate better, obviously,” he said. “But I wasn’t feeling well, so obviously I wasn’t really concerned with the phone and trying to reach out. That’s all it was.
Bradham said he’s talked to Pederson since the incident and said he knows he needs “better communication.”
Asked if he expects to be disciplined, Bradham said: “I mean, probably, more than likely. Obviously, it’s the NFL and that’s just how it works.”
Bradham said he had “a little stomach virus” and said he was throwing up from “both ends.” He said he got meds over the weekend and felt better in time to join the team at practice on Monday.
In August of 2016, Bradham was arrested after trying to bring a loaded gun through security at Miami Airport. Soon after, he was arrested again in Miami after an altercation with a hotel employee. Both charges were eventually dropped.
He was suspended for last year’s opener by the NFL for the hotel incident for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Bradham, the Eagles’ best linebacker, didn’t practice or play all preseason because of a foot injury he suffered in the playoff loss to the Saints in January, but he returned to practice this week and said he plans to play “the whole game” against the Redskins on Sunday.
I think I’m ready, man," he said. "Prepping myself throughout this process. Our training staff did a great job using the timeline, keeping me on schedule and doing things every day to get me ready for the season. We always had it marked down that Week 1 was going to be my week.
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