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**Good afternoon, Eagles fans! We're just one day away from Bird Day. While you wait for the Thanksgiving festivities to begin, take a look at the November 25th edition of the Read-Option ...

Bradford Wants To Play On Bird Day - Julie Bacanskas

"When the Eagles take the field on Thanksgiving, it remains uncertain whether it will be Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez leading the team's offense. After sustaining a concussion and left shoulder injury in the game against Miami, Bradford returned to practice on Monday as a limited participant and took part in the team's walkthrough on Tuesday.

The good news is the quarterback said he has 'been cleared for the concussion,' which he recalled as being the third of his career. He experienced some initial memory loss, but in all felt the symptoms 'were fairly similar to the ones (he) had in the past and (he'd) been able to recover from those.'

The only thing holding him back from returning to game action is his shoulder, which has been improving each and every day. Although the injury is to his non-throwing arm, Bradford still needs the left shoulder healthy to keep proper balance and defend himself when needed.

His progress over the next two days will be critical, but in the end, Bradford said he hopes to be on the field in Detroit with his teammates. He knows how much the Eagles need a victory on Thursday after back-to-back losses that have them sitting at 4-6.

'It's really hard to put a percentage on it,' the quarterback said of his injury. 'I know that it feels better today than it did yesterday and I was able to do some things out there yesterday. Hopefully it continues to get better in the next 48 hours.

'I think if it continues to get better and (the coaches and trainers) feel comfortable with me, then I'll be out there.'"

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More Bird Day Magic For Sanchez? - Max Rappaport

"Last season, Philadelphia played the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving. That was Sanchez's fourth of eight eventual starts that year in place of an injured Nick Foles, and it was one of his better games as an Eagle. He was 20-of-29 for 217 yards, scoring one touchdown through the air and another with his legs.

'The sooner you can play, the sooner you can get back out on the field, and get into a rhythm and go throw it around, it'll be fun,' he said, noting that recovery and mental preparation will be key in the days leading up to the game. 'Whatever you've got to do, you've just got to maximize your time and leave yourself enough time to sleep.'

Sanchez has completed 40 of his 64 pass attempts (62.5 percent) in two games this season, tallying 417 yards with two touchdowns and four picks.

Through 10 games, Bradford has thrown for 2,297 yards with a 63.9 percent completion rate, tossing 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the process. He was coming off a two-game stretch in which he completed 44 of his 61 pass attempts (72.1 percent) and threw two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Stay tuned for updates on Bradford's status as we approach Thursday's game."

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Eagles Could Play Game In London In 2016 - Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ Advance Media

"The NFL announced the Wednesday the three games that will be played in London next season, and the Eagles are among the potential candidates to go overseas.

Instead of picking the St. Louis Ram's opponent, who are also going overseas, the NFL has announced the Rams will play an "unnamed" NFC East opponent.

The game that could feature the Eagles will be played on Oct. 23, 2016.

For the Eagles to go overseas, they need to finish in the same place in their division as the St. Louis Rams. So, for example, if both finish in 2nd place, the Eagles would go. If the Rams finish in 3rd place in the NFC West, and the Eagles in 2nd in the NFC East, they won't be going."

Eagles' DeMeco Ryans: 'We Weren't Ourselves' Against Bucs - Paul Domowitch, Daily News

"In trying to explain how his defense managed to get scorched for 283 rushing yards Sunday by Doug Martin and the Tampa Bay Bucs, Bill Davis mentioned missed gap fits, missed tackles and bad angles.

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans agreed with all of those Tuesday, and even added one of his own: lack of effort.

'The runs were (about) gaps and also tackling and effort getting to the ball,' Ryans said. 'Even if somebody is out of a gap, if you have all 11 guys really going and getting after the ballcarrier, you're not going to have those types of runs happen.'

The Bucs ran 42 times Sunday. Gained just 97 yards on 38 of them. On the other four, though, Martin, who had 235 of the Bucs' 283 rushing yards, struck oil. Broke free for 84-, 58-, 27- and 17-yard runs.

'It just, overall, it wasn't us out there,' said Ryans, who got victimized on one of the long runs. 'It was uncharacteristic of the way we play. It didn't look like the Eagles' defense that had been out there before that.

'I would just like to throw that out and say that was a horrible week, a bad week. We weren't ourselves. And let's go out this week and see if we can correct it and go back to playing ball the way we usually play. And that's forcing turnovers and stopping the run.'"

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