Eagles head coach Doug Pederson touched on a few housekeeping items when he met with reporters on Friday morning before practice, topics that aren’t necessarily related to the season opener against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
Pederson said both receiver Alshon Jeffery and linebacker Nigel Bradham are fine, and added that the team did not try to trade running back Jordan Howard (pictured above) to the Los Angeles Chargers for disgruntled running back Melvin Gordon.
“We feel great about Jordan, that’s why we brought him here,” said Pederson. “We actually went to Jordan when the report came out, went right to him and said, listen, you’re here. The report is false. It’s not coming from us. Just wanted to reassure him that this is the reason you’re here is to help us win games.”
It will be interesting, however, to see who plays more snaps on Sunday when the Washington Redskins – Howard or rookie Miles Sanders.
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Jeffery’s name popped up on the injury report on Thursday with a biceps injury and Bradham put himself in the spotlight once again for all the wrong reasons by not showing up for a trip to the North Jersey for the preseason finale against the New York Jets last week.
On Jeffery, Pederson said: “He had a run-in collision during practice. We had pads on that day. Just bumped his arm and so we just kept him out for extra treatment, rehab, he’ll be fine.”
As for Bradham, Pederson didn’t want to get into too detail about what sort of disciplinary action, if any, the organization took.
“That’s an internal issue, so I’m not going to get into that,” said Pederson.
The coach said he and his starting linebacker met on Monday and added that Bradham will play on Sunday.
“I trust Nigel,” said Pederson. “He and I had a great conversation. It’s behind us. Without getting into details, we had a great conversation Monday and he’s focused on the Redskins just like I am and we’ve put it behind us.”
Bradham called the incident a miscommunication. He ran into issues in previously when, in 2016, he was alleged to have punched out a cabana employee in Miami while defending his girlfriend. Also, in the fall of 2017, Bradham tried to bring a loaded gun through security at a Miami airport.