Head coach Andy Reid announced that rookie defensive end Brandon Graham would be a “real stretch” to play in the 2011 season opener, which will be in six months (assuming the lockout ends).
Graham suffered a torn ACL in his knee in the historic 38-31 comeback win against the New York Giants on December 19th. He isn’t even allowed to rehab with the Eagles’ doctors because of the lockout (although the Eagles can still check in on Graham).
The Eagles still have Trent Cole, Juqua Parker, Darryl Tapp, Ricky Sapp, and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim as options at defensive end but they lack a quality player aside of Cole. Besides, Sapp didn’t play last season because he was on injured reserve. And Teo-Nesheim played about eight plays all season.
As a result, the Eagles will likely draft a defensive end in this year’s draft.
It’s also safe to say that the future of Brandon Graham, although still promising, looks more bleak. Expect Graham to struggle in 2011 as he attempts to return from his season-ending injury.