Monday Night Football: the Week 13 NFL schedule as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Even with Thanksgiving’s usual round of special Today Game.
PHILADELPHIA—Nigel Bradham played nearly an entire game with a broken thumb that required surgery afterward. The Philadelphia Eagles are fighting for a playoff spot and needed their best linebacker.
“It was definitely painful but it was something I had to get through,” Bradham said after having six screws inserted into his right hand.
Bradham plans to be out there again when the Eagles (5-6) host the Washington Redskins (6-5) on Monday night in an important NFC East matchup. The defense is already missing several key starters and can’t afford to lose another one.
“I want to be out there regardless, Bradham said. “That’s just my thing. I’m always trying to be available.”
The defending Super Bowl champions need a victory to stay one game behind the division-leading Cowboys (7-5) with a showdown in Dallas coming up next week.
Cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, safety Rodney McLeod and linebacker Jordan Hicks are among the injured starters on Philadelphia’s defense. But the Redskins are also dealing with several injuries, including losing quarterback Alex Smith for the rest of the season.
Colt McCoy made his first start in four years in a 31-23 loss at Dallas on Thanksgiving. He’s had more time to prepare for the Eagles after only a couple walkthrough practices last week.
“Repetition is king and he doesn’t get any reps,” coach Jay Gruden said. “When you’re calling the plays, making protection adjustments, seeing the route concepts versus cover 2, versus cover 3, versus man to man, sitting your foot in the ground, avoiding the rush. Doing that in practice is very, very important for a quarterback’s progression.