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Bradley: Ready To Rumble

Linebacker Stewart Bradley arrived at training camp on Thursday and he said that he's "ready to rumble" after missing all of the 2009 season with an ACL injury.

"I feel good. I feel really good. I'm excited for this camp. I've trained really hard this offseason. I'm chomping at the bit to get the pads on, get out there and get going," Bradley said.

Bradley said that he expects to be full-go from the start of training camp. Bradley took part in the early portion of the OTAs and showed no ill effect of the knee injury. Bradley did, however, suffer a minor calf injury which sidelined him latter stages of the OTAs.

No stranger to an ACL injury after having suffered one in college, Bradley said the most important thing is that you have to be able to trust the knee.

"You have to be able to trust the knee and know that it's fully healed. I'm confident in this knee," Bradley said. "I'm confident in the job that (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and his staff did to get me back and healthy. It's been a long time since I've hit somebody. You don't realize how much you miss that until you can't do it."

Without Bradley, the Eagles used a myriad of combinations to try and solidify the linebacker position in 2009. In addition to his size, strength and range in coverage, the return of Bradley also means the return of one of the leaders on defense.

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-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:30 p.m., July 29

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