James Bradberry returns to Eagles practice, rookie star wearing brace

James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Birds have flown south for the summer… for a week anyway. As we’ve known for a while, the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled for joint practices versus the Miami Dolphins, and seeing as how, these days, the word is coaches and players value these sessions more than preseason games, we should learn a lot. If you’re looking for good news on Wednesday, you’re lucky. James Bradberry is in pads, and he has a helmet on.

He’s limited. He isn’t participating in every drill, but he’s on the field.

We haven’t seen Bradberry on the field since he left their 12th practice with what we later learned was a groin issue. It was believed his absence was more of a precautionary measure than anything we should fear. Thank goodness for that diagnosis being accurate. He and Darius Slay figure to get some major work versus Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

A brief scare involving Darius Slay and another Miles Sanders absence headlines the Eagles’ injury news from their first joint practice with the Dolphins.

Perhaps the most important thing needing to be said is Miles Sanders is, again, absent from practice. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. The belief is we won’t see him until Week 1 of the regular season versus the Detroit Lions as Philadelphia is being cautious with him as he works his way back from a hamstring issue.

Undrafted rookie Josh Jobe is wearing an arm brace as he’s dealing with an elbow injury. It’s too early to tell how serious his injury is. Any discomfort he’s having isn’t expected to keep him off of the 53-man roster as of now.

He’s built some serious momentum during training camp and the preseason, but he’ll sit out of this practice session. Shaun Bradley (illness), Josiah Scott (hamstring), and Jack Anderson (toe) have also been placed on an injury report that already houses Christian Ellis (hamstring), Javon Hargrave (toe), Jason Kelce (elbow), and Greg Ward (toe).

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Darius Slay limped off of the field after being beaten by Tyreek Hill during a one-on-one drill. He took a few moments to collect himself, returned, and was beaten again. That’s okay. Asking anyone to keep up with Tyreek Hill in a one-on-one drill is unfair.

It appeared that Big Play was okay for a while, but after seeing some seven-on-seven, and 11-on-11 work, he went down again. It appears to be a lower-body injury. As a whole, Philly’s secondary is banged up. This could give some of the reserves a chance to prove themselves versus a phenomenal receiver corps, but everyone has their fingers crossed for Slay. Stay tuned for further updates.