By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are plenty of questions headed into the Eagles season, and the health of the quarterback is at the top of the list.
So far, so good for Sam Bradford.
The Eagles took the field in South Philadelphia Sunday for their first day of training camp. Bradford took the field without the knee brace he wore during the team’s off-season workouts. For Bradford, the first day of camp was a major step forward as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL.
“It was good to get back out there,” said Bradford. “Obviously, it’s been a long time since I’ve been out there and part of team drills….almost a year now. Just to get out there and be a part of it felt good. I was just happy to be out there and to start playing football again.”
Bradford took snaps with the first team and was not limited during the first day of workouts. Chip Kelly was confident Bradford would be ready for the start of camp, and said before the workouts began that he didn’t expect any limitations for his quarterback.
“He’s full go at 100 percent,” Kelly said. “When you talk to him, he had a great off-season I think from when we left from June 18th until now. He feels really confident and he is not going to play with a brace. In our training session out here, he is comfortable without it. He is ready to go.”
In addition to Bradford, all of the Eagles were able to take the field without any physical restrictions. One of those players was Earl Wolff. The safety has been battling injuries which limited his off-season work, and many are speculating his spot on the roster could be in jeopardy. However, Wolff is excited to get training camp underway and feels he has completely recovered from his injury issues.
“I’m good to go,” said Wolff. “I definitely feel better than I did last year coming into camp. Last year, I was still kind of trying to get over that hump. I’ve stayed positive through it all.”
Time will tell if the likes of Bradford and Wolff will stay healthy as training camp progresses. For Bradford, a bit of a cautious approach through his optimism is still needed after dealing with his second major knee injury.
“I think it’s something we’ll take on a day-to-day,” Bradford said. “Obviously, the goal is to come out and not have any limitations. Coming off back-to-back injuries, I think you’ve got to be smart. If it does start to flare up or does start to get sore, then maybe we’ll try and manage it. The hope and the goal is not to have to do any of that.”
The Eagles will practice again at the NovaCare Complex on Monday, then will hold an open practice at the Linc on Tuesday.