By Sarah Berkowitz
As impressive as Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has been in this training camp, no decision has been rendered as yet regarding whether he’ll start or even play this Sunday when the Birds face the Colts at the Linc.
“We haven’t had any discussions about what we’ll do on Sunday,” coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re got [Tuesday] and then two more big days of practice Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll start to hone in on the Colts game on Friday or Saturday.”
Last year, the St. Louis Rams held Bradford out of their preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints. That game was played on Aug. 8, about 10 months after Bradford first tore his ACL during a regular-season game on Oct. 20, 2013.
“Coach [Jeff] Fisher decided to hold me out of the first preseason game,” Bradford said. “You get those butterflies any time you start to get to play again. To wait another week to play, I think the build-up intensifies. You just get a little more anxious to get out there.”
Bradford tore the ACL for the second time on Aug. 23, during a preseason game in Cleveland. It will be nearly a full year from that injury to the Eagles’ preseason opener Sunday.
Bradford has taken most of the first-team reps since training camp opened Aug. 2. But he has not faced a live pass rush or taken a hit from a defender.
“The game speed is the biggest thing,” Bradford said. “Getting back out there, playing in a game, the bullets are real, obviously the speed picks up. Really, for all quarterbacks, whether you’re coming off an injury or not, you go through training camp and through OTAs, you never get hit.
“Getting back out there, taking a hit, going to the ground, getting up and playing the next play — that’s a hurdle every year.”