Brandon Graham Is Back... Like Back-Back

Brandon Graham Is Back... Like Back-Back

Last year's first-round pick officially rejoined the Eagles' 53-man roster on Saturday, after starting the season on the Physcially Unable to Perform list. And with Juqua Parker listed as doubtful for Monday night's game against the Bears, there's a good chance Brandon Graham could see his first game action since tearing his ACL last December.

Graham's status for the 2011 season was up in the air over the summer after it was revealed his injury required microfracture surgery, which can come with a lengthy rehab and unpredictable success rate. The Michigan product has been practicing with the team since they returned to work after the bye though, and he claims the knee is fine.

“My knee is good," he said. "It’s more so my lungs, just getting my wind right. Being able to go all four quarters, 100 percent.”

It's good to hear Graham is making progress. He was having a promising rookie season before the injury, and the front office made a large investment in the defensive end, trading up 11 spots to select him. We won't get our hopes too high on Graham making a huge impact this season -- especially with Trent Cole and Jason Babin off to tremendous starts -- but we'll be watching closely for flashes of what he could become once he gets back in the flow.

Meanwhile, to make room for Graham the Eagles released Kyle DeVan, who started the season at right guard. DeVan was brought in solely as a buffer until this year's first rounder Danny Watkins was ready to play. Watkins re-entered the starting lineup a few weeks ago against the Bills, and he's been improving. The coaches obviously felt comfortable enough with the rookie's development that they could part with his potential replacement.

>> Eagles activate Graham, release DeVan [CSN]

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to sign with Cavaliers after buyout from Sixers

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to sign with Cavaliers after buyout from Sixers

Andrew Bogut, we hardly knew ye. 

After coming over from Dallas as part of the Nerlens Noel trade, Bogut is already thinking about his next move.

With the Sixers expected to buy out Bogut's contract, the former No. 1 overall pick will look to sign with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. 

The Sixers swapped Noel for Bogut, Justin Anderson and a top-18 protected first-round pick — which will likely turn into two second-round picks — last Thursday. 

With LeBron James begging the front office for help, the Cavaliers are also expected to sign Bogut's former Dallas teammate Deron Williams in Monday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania

La Salle suffers demoralizing loss to struggling UMass

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La Salle suffers demoralizing loss to struggling UMass

AMHERST, Mass. -- Zach Lewis scored a career-high 37 points, including six three-pointers, and Massachusetts pulled away from La Salle 84-71 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Lewis, whose 37-point effort was the best for any player in the Atlantic 10 this season, hit nine of his 16 field goal attempts overall and was a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Dejon Jarreau added 20 points and four three-ponters for UMass (14-15, 4-12).

Pookie Powell hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and B.J. Johnson added 20 points to lead La Salle (14-13, 8-8).

Both teams shot similar percentages and had similar three-point totals, but the Minutemen finished with a plus-14 advantage at the free throw line.

La Salle remained within striking distance but a 13-4 stretch for UMass midway through the second half pushed its lead to 63-51. The Minutemen kept the Explorers at arm's length the rest of the way.