Another weekly award for Brandon Graham; Goedert to return to practice

Posted on December 14, 2022

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham continued his comeback season from a torn Achilles by winning another award Wednesday — the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Graham had three sacks and four tackles in just 29 snaps in the Eagles’ 48-22 victory over the Giants.

This was Graham’s second honor this season. Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner in 1992 and cornerback Eric Allen in 1993 also won the league award twice in the same season.

The 12-1 Eagles have won an astounding eight players of the week awards — in 14 weeks. Jalen Hurts also won NFC Player of the Month for September.

  • “He’s done a great job of taking advantage of the reps that he’s gotten, and even though BG is not out there at times, like he’s the leader,” coach Nick Sirianni said.
  • “He’s one of the biggest leaders on this football team, and people thrive off of — it’s contagious, his energy is contagious. I think he’s just having a great year.”

The other Eagles’ NFC award winners this season:

  • Week One: Zech McPhearson, Special Teams
  • Week Two: Darius Slay, Defensive Player
  • Week Three: Graham, Defensive Player
  • Week Four: Haason Reddick, Defensive Player
  • Week Five: Cameron Dicker, Special Teams
  • Offensive Player of the Month for September: Hurts
  • Week 12: Hurts, Offensive Player
  • Week 13: Hurts, Offensive Player


The Eagles opened the 21-day practice window for Dallas Goedert, meaning the injured tight end could play Sunday at Chicago.

Goedert is expected to practice Thursday. The Eagles had a walk-through practice Wednesday.

Goedert has missed the last four games after injuring a shoulder against Washington on Nov. 14. Before the injury, Goedert had 43 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns.


Safety Reed Blankenship did not participate in Wednesday’s walk-through. He injured a knee early in the victory over the Giants.

Rookie linebacker Kyron Johnson (shoulder) was a full participant. Limited participants were linebacker Shaun Bradley (hamstring), guard Landon Dickerson (back), tackle Lane Johnson (abdomen) and wide receiver Quez Watkins (shoulder).

Bears quarterback Justin Fields did not practice Wednesday due to an unspecified illness. He is not expected to miss Sunday’s game.

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