Brandon Graham is back. The Eagles activated their starting defensive end from the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, which means Graham can begin practicing Monday and will be on the active roster during the regular season.
Graham has been out all summer while recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He said at the beginning of training camp that he intended to return by Week 1. Considering Graham hasn't practiced since Super Bowl week, it might be too soon for him to play in the third preseason game on Thursday. But this will put him on pace to play Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons in the regular-season opener.
Graham, 30, is entering the final year of his contract. He has turned into one of the Eagles' most valuable players, and he became a part of Philadelphia history with a strip sack of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl that helped clinch the victory. He's expected to be atop the Eagles' defensive end rotation, as he was last season.