After missing three practices with hamstring spasms, middle linebacker Stewart Bradley returned to practice yeterday afternoon in shorts and shells with the rest of the team. Today, Bradley donned the pads for the second time this training camp and, even though there were no "live" periods, Bradley still felt confident with contact.
"We ran a blitz period. I got to get in there and bang a little bit," Bradley said. My body's "feling good. I'm getting back in the swing of things, trying to be smart and just keeping an eye on the prize, which is the start of the season, so I'll be ready when that comes around.
Thursday night will mark an interesting occassion for Bradley as he returns to Lincoln Financial Field for the second annual Flight Night! (buy your tickets here). During last year's Flight Night!, Bradley suffered the torn ACL that would keep him out for the entire 2009 season. But that memory doesn't temper Bradley's enthusiasm for the event at all.
"No, no. Flight Night!'s for a great cause and I'm excited to do it," he said. "I don't think there's any kind of jinx or curse. I'm not that superstitious."
Meanwhile, Bradley was one of many Eagles who stuck around after practice this morning to spend time with the various men and women of the armed forces. It wasn't Bradley's first Military Appreciation Day at training camp, but hearing the stories of the people who are fighting for our country continues to make an impact on the middle linebacker.
"It puts football in perspective," Bradley said. "Obviously these guys risk their lives to protect our security and our way of life, so any chance we have to give back is a great thing and hopefully they had as much fun with the day as we did."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:18 p.m., August 3