Graham had right ankle surgery earlier in May and is expected to sit out offseason workouts, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports. Graham suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 16, but he managed push through it on the way to a Super Bowl win, during which he stripped Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter. This surgery was to expedite the recovery process, and he's on track to be back in action for training camp in July. Graham had his best year yet in 2017, mustering 47 tackles (33 solo) and 9.5 sacks in 15 games.
Graham tallied two solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Super Bowl victory over the Patriots. His strip-sack of Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter led to a field goal that put the Eagles up by eight with 65 seconds remaining. It was a perfect ending to a career season which saw the 29-year-old make 47 tackles (33 solo), and shatter his previous career high with 9.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles, defensed two passes and scored his first career touchdown. The Michigan product should be a top option again at his position in 2018 IDP leagues.
Graham (ankle) practiced fully Tuesday. According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles entered the practice field in full pads. Shortly thereafter, Graham was partaking in individual drills, per Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal, a good sign the defensive end was getting over the ankle injury that forced him out of the regular-season finale. Graham proceeded to handle every rep thrown his way, though, which sets up the Eagles with their full array of pass rushers for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Falcons.
Graham (ankle) didn't participate in the Eagles' walkthrough Thursday. The Eagles have held walkthroughs rather than practices on back-to-back days, and Graham's inability to participate in either suggests he likely won't be available for the Week 17 contest against the Cowboys. Instead, Graham's top priority will be recovering from the ankle injury and returning to full health for the Eagles' first playoff game in the NFC divisional round. The team already earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with its victory Week 16 over the Raiders.
Graham, who departed Monday's 19-10 win over the Raiders with an ankle injury, said after the game that X-rays came back negative, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. He accrued four tackles before exiting the contest. Graham indicated that he would be fine going forward, but with Monday's win guaranteeing the Eagles home-field advantage for the postseason, the team might not have much incentive to run the defensive end out there for a mostly meaningless Week 17 matchup with the Cowboys. If Graham is sidelined for the regular-season finale, Chris Long, Vinny Curry and Derek Barnett could pick up a few extra snaps as part of the Eagles' defensive-end rotation.
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