Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham will spend at least the first six weeks of the 2011 campaign on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but the 2010 first-round choice (13th overall) from Michigan plans to be prepared for the club’s Week 8 Sunday night showdown with NFC East rival Dallas on October 30.
“I’m very confident I’ll be ready and I’ll be playing Dallas,” Graham said via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s not set in stone, but I’m not trying to go on” the injured reserve list.
After Week 6, the Eagles will have a three-week frame to incorporate the former Wolverine into the 53-man squad from the PUP. The Eagles have a Bye in Week 7, but even if Graham is not 100 percent during that time, he could be nabbed to the active roster to issue him some time to get healthy.
The Michigan product started six of 13 games as a rookie, tallying 13 tackles and three sacks before tearing his right ACL last December and undergoing microfracture surgery.