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By Peter Brennan
If you were wondering where linebacker Nigel Bradham has been, you’re not alone:
So were the Eagles!
Bradham wasn’t slotted to play in the final exhibition against the Jets last week, but they were expecting him to show up for the bus ride and a pre-game workout.
Bradham said he fell ill and forgot to communicate that, according to NBCSP:
“I was actually supposed to travel but after walkthroughs and stuff I guess I ate something that didn’t settle well in my stomach,” Bradham said. “So it just wasn’t going to work to take that ride.”
He said he was so sick that it didn’t occur to him to call coach Doug Pederson, which is something he should have done.
“Just communicate better, obviously,” he said. “But I wasn’t feeling well, so obviously I wasn’t really concerned with the phone and trying to reach out. That’s all it was.”
He was back with the team Monday after getting medical treatment, and beyond the fine, he didn’t expect any other punishment.
He also said he planned to play the entire game this week against Washington, despite not playing in the preseason as he recovered from a foot injury.
“I think I’m ready, man,” he said. “Prepping myself throughout this process. Our training staff did a great job using the timeline, keeping me on schedule and doing things every day to get me ready for the season. We always had it marked down that Week One was going to be my week.”