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Brandon Graham Aims For 'Game One' Return

  • The Eagles' defensive end begins camp on the PUP list recovering from right ankle surgery.

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Defensive end Brandon Graham started Training Camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, still recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle.

Graham hurt his ankle last season in the Eagles' game against the Raiders on Christmas. He played through the injury in the regular-season finale and playoffs. Graham said he is not rushing his rehabilitation and is aiming for a return in the season opener against the Falcons on September 6.

"You just gotta be smart because I'm looking long term," Graham told reporters Thursday after the Eagles' first Training Camp practice. "Right now, I'm looking long term like I always do, but I feel real good where I am. I feel like everything's progressing and by game one, it's a game-time decision."

Graham came out to watch practice with his teammates, sporting his white jersey and trading his helmet for a silver bucket hat. He joined wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and safety Chris Maragos on the PUP list while defensive lineman Tim Jernigan and wide receiver Bryce Treggs were placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

While Graham is aiming to be ready Week 1, he said he recognized the importance of getting on the practice field for preparation before the regular season.

"I believe being in football shape, you've got to play football," Graham said. "And I think we are going to make that call when it's time. Right now, I'm just trying to be smart and make sure that I'm at least in offseason shape. And then when I get on the field, I'm just trying to make sure I'm getting used to pushing and pulling on people again.

"You know, it's just a process and I'm just embracing it and I think game one is where we shoot."

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