With good news coming from the NFL negotiations, training camp may be closer then ever for Eagles players and fans. But one player who will not be participating is 2nd year defensive end Brandon Graham, who missed the second half of the season due to a tear of his anterior cruciate.
While the exact kind of surgery Graham needed was not known at the time, reports are now being confirmed by Tim McManus of PhillySportsDaily.com that Graham did in fact undergo micro-fracture surgery. The standard recovery time for a surgery of that nature is 6-8 months, meaning that Graham would not be ready until late September or November at the earliest.
Any surgery as serious as micro-fracture surgery can have a devastating effect on a players career. But for Graham, the outcome could be even worse. Graham is a small defensive end, one that uses his speed to get around the edge and beat bigger offensive tackles. While the recovery time for micro-fracture surgery calls for a 6-8 months, it usually takes a year for a player to truly recover. If Graham is unable to regain his speed due to his surgery, it is unlikely he will ever be the same player he was at Michigan.
While he has not officially commented on the news, Graham took to Twitter to let his fans know the surgery is going.
Graham is a hard worker, and with medical advances around the ACL, anything is possible.
But let’s hope todays news is not another death blow to a highly picked Eagles defensive lineman.