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Successful Surgery For DE Graham

Head coach Andy Reid said on Wednesday that defensive end Brandon Graham underwent successful surgery to repair his ACL. The procedure was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Graham surprised his teammates in the locker room following Sunday's amazing win at New Meadowlands Stadium. Graham got a ticket to the game and convinced security that he was one of the Eagles players.

It was already reported that free safety Nate Allen underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn patellar tendon. Reid said that both Allen and Graham are "resting well right now" and will begin rehab soon.

Defensive tackle Mike Patterson underwent an MRI on his knee and the results were good. Patterson has a "sore knee" per Reid and will not practice on Wednesday. The promotion of defensive tackle Jeff Owens from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster was not because of Patterson's injury, according to Reid.

Wide receiver Jason Avant suffered a concussion in Sunday's win but has already passed all of the neurological tests and is expected to practice on Wednesday. Kickoff returner Jorrick Calvin has a sore lower back, but Reid said that he expects Calvin to practice. Right tackle Winston Justice will also practice. Justice has missed the last two games with a knee injury.

Linebackers Stewart Bradley (elbow) and Keenan Clayton (hamstring strain) will not practice. Bradley is out for Sunday night's game, but Clayton is day-to-day.

The Eagles host the Vikings on Sunday night. It's the Eagles' sixth primetime game this season with a win in each of the first five. The Eagles clinch the NFC East with a win or a Giants loss. The Vikings are coming off a blowout loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night and are 5-9 this season. Reid is not concerned about the Vikings' record.

"They're thinking about coming in here and disrupting our world," Reid said.

Reid said that the Eagles will prepare for both Brett Favre and Joe Webb at quarterback. Webb will take the first-team reps in practice this week, per Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier. Reid said the Eagles will also prep for All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, who missed the Monday night game with a thigh and a knee injury.

If Webb should start, Reid praised the rookie quarterback and thought it was a good decision to keep him at that position. When Webb was drafted in the sixth round by Minnesota, it was theorized that Webb would be converted to wide receiver because of his athleticism. Reid said that Webb can be "potentially very good" and that he "hasn't had enough games to show that."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:57 a.m., December 22

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