This is an injury – Head Coach Nick Sirianni said, speaking what everybody in the Eagles organization and anyone who has met Brandon Graham knows – that hurts in every way. Graham, in his 12th season as the longest-tenured Eagle, went down in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. As he was helped onto a cart and taken off the field and into the locker room, he waved to the crowd. Just as he entered the tunnel, he lowered his eyes for just an instant, understanding the severity of the moment.
Following the game, Graham departed the Eagles’ locker room on crutches and in a walking boot on his left foot, as he spoke with rookie defensive end Tarron Jackson.
“You just never know. This is why I keep telling you,” Graham said, “never take any of this for granted. You just keep working hard and good comes from it.”
Sirianni confirmed the team’s fears on Monday that Graham’s injury was significant – a torn Achilles tendon that ends his 2021 season. It’s a blow to the defense, of course, and it’s a loss for the football team and everyone who loves the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s the kind of impact Graham has made since the Eagles selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft – Graham transcends the tackles and the sacks and the X’s and the O’s.
“My heart breaks for Brandon,” Sirianni…