Eagles Brandon Graham had ankle surgery, to miss spring workouts

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham recently underwent surgery on his right ankle, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. Graham could miss all of Philadelphia’s organized team activities.

Graham injured his ankle in a Christmas night game against the Raiders. He played through the injury, making a strip sack of Tom Brady to preserve the Super Bowl LII victory for the Eagles.

He currently is wearing a protective boot.

Early in the fourth quarter of an unnecessarily close game against the Oakland Raiders (but with 1st seed in the NFC on the line), Graham seemed to hurt his ankle on this tackle against Marshawn Lynch. He doesn’t seem to get rolled up on, as is typically the agent of high ankle sprains among linemen, but Jalen Mills’ diving tackle attempt may have twisted his foot at a bad angle.

Graham, 30, had been a vital part of the Eagles’ fearsome defensive line in recent seasons and is entering the final year of his contract in 2018. Earlier this offseason, Graham went on NFL Network and made public his desire for a long-term deal that could help him retire in Philadelphia.

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There are no signs at this point that the Eagles are close to an agreement with Graham to keep him on the team after this season, however.

The possibility of missing most of the Eagles’ team activities is pretty high, but the hope is that Graham will be ready to roll once July training camp begins.

Graham, 30, is entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles and hasn’t been shy about his ambition to get a new deal. In fact, signing Graham to an extension would probably help bring his salary cap number of $8 million down this season.

It’s been a long time since Graham was once prematurely labeled a bust. The former first-round pick has come into his own in recent seasons and has grown into the Eagles’ best defensive end as a pass-rusher and run-stuffer. In 2017, he set a new career high with 9½ sacks.

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