In the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Birds lost two Pro Bowl vets in DE Brandon Graham and starting RG Brandon Brooks. On Monday, Nick Sirianni updated their respective statuses.
Graham’s season is over, as Sirianni confirmed that Graham ruptured his Achilles. On the field, Graham was arguably the Eagles’ best defensive player in 2020. Off the field, Graham has unlimited energy and positivity, and he is a player that you just want to have around if you’re a head coach in the NFL. His personality was no doubt very useful this offseason to a new and unestablished head coach like Sirianni, and first-time defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Sirianni called Graham the “heart and soul” of the team.
The Eagles still have some depth at defensive end, but it will be interesting to see how they use it. Throughout training camp, Graham and Ryan Kerrigan mainly played on one side (typically the left side) of the line, while Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett played on the right side. To be determined if Sweat and/or Barnett will get snaps on the left side, or if rookie DE/DT Milton Williams will take on a bigger role as a direct replacement for Graham. It will probably be a little of both.
The news was a little better for Brooks, who suffered a pectoral injury. It’s “only” a pec strain, as opposed to a tear, so while he’ll likely…