Brandon Graham's Injury More Serious Than Originally Revealed?

Brandon Graham's Injury More Serious Than Originally Revealed?

Last December, the Eagles caught a bad break when rookie defensive end Brandon Graham's ACL gave out, costing him the rest of his season and likely derailing any chance of significant improvement from him in year two. As it turns out, what we didn't know at the time is that was not the extent of his injury--not by a long shot.

According to AnnArbor.com (via Jeff McLane), Graham underwent microfracture surgery over the winter to repair the ACL. Even before that bit of knowledge, it was suspected he would miss at least part of the upcoming season, but how bad is it really?

By itself, an ACL tear already clouded Graham's future. While most professional athletes nowadays seem to eventually make full or almost full recoveries from such an injury, there are no guarantees, and the road back is long. The common perception is it takes over a year until the knee begins to feel strong again.

Now we're hearing the injury is much more substantial, and the procedure to correct it potentially debilitating at that. Is it impossible to come back from microfracture surgery? No, but you should be much more concerned today than you were before. Studies put the success rate around 75%, so a significant number of people are never the same.

In Graham's case, he was only on the field enough last season to show some promise, but not enough that you could count on him ever becoming a difference maker or even consistent starter. That's not what you want to hear about the 13th overall pick in last year's draft, especially when 2011 was probably already going to be a wash.

Sure, Graham wasn't going to be counted on to make huge strides in his sophomore season anyway--he wasn't even going to be ready by Week 1. The new question is whether he'll ever be "ready" again, which is both sad and terrible luck after the organization invested so much to move up and select the Michigan product.

At the very least, adding another pass rusher in free agency this summer would appear to be a greater priority, which may be one reason why the Eagles chose not to reveal this information.

Maybe we're overreacting a bit. Graham claims he is currently 80% recovered, though that likely means until he is cleared to hit the field again. Whether he is ever 100% in the sense that he is the player the Eagles drafted last April was something we were left to wonder already. Unfortunately, the odds would appear to only have got worse.

>>Brandon Graham expects to miss start of NFL season [AnnArbor.com]

>>Graham had microfracture knee surgery [Philly.com]

>>Micro surgery is a risky business [Denver Post]

Tonight's Lineup: Struggling Rupp back behind the plate for Phillies

Tonight's Lineup: Struggling Rupp back behind the plate for Phillies

After scoring five first-inning runs on their way to a 7-5 win against the Braves on Thursday, Pete Mackanin decided not to tinker with the Phillies' lineup too much.

In fact, the only change will be at catcher. The struggling Cameron Rupp will get the start on Friday and bat sixth after Carlos Ruiz was behind the plate on Thursday. Rupp, who was one of the few bright spots for the offense in the first half, is just 5 for 31 since the All-Star break. On the season, Rupp is still batting .271 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs.

Aaron Altherr came off the DL with a bang, tallying three hits, including a two-run homer on Thursday. Mackanin has said Altherr will get a long look in right field and Thursday night was a glimpse of why. 

With Altherr's regular presence in the lineup, Cody Asche has been put on notice. After going on a tear from early June to early July, Asche is batting .094 (5 for 53) in his last 17 games. With Altherr and Odubel Herrera entrenched in right and center, Asche will have to get hot to stave off prospect Nick Williams, who seems to be finding his groove at Lehigh Valley.

Here is tonight's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Vince Velasquez, P

Temple football announces future series with Boston College and Duke

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Temple football announces future series with Boston College and Duke

Temple football starts its training camp next week, but the Owls have made another splash in the future scheduling department. This time, the opponents come from the ACC.

The program announced Friday it has agreed to future series with Boston College (2018 at BC and 2021 in Philadelphia) and Duke (2022 in Cameron, North Carolina and 2023 in Philadelphia). Temple also announced a game with Bucknell in Philadelphia in 2019 announced dates for previously confirmed future matchups with Maryland and Rutgers and 2017's season opener at Notre Dame.

The Boston College series is intriguing because it will be the renewal of an annual series from when the programs used to meet every year in Big East conference play. The Eagles hold a 28-7-2 all-time advantage over the Owls. Temple's last win against Boston College came in 1999 when the Owls earned a 24-14 victory. Of course, the matchup will be even juicier if former Temple head coach Steve Addazio is still leading Boston College in two years. But with the way the program floundered to a 3-9 record, earned just one win against an FCS program and went winless in ACC play last season and doesn't have a bright outlook this season, don't hold your breath that Addazio will be there.

The Owls have never met the Dukies on the gridiron.

Friday's Temple announcements come on the heels of an announcement earlier this month that confirmed a three-game set with national powerhouse Oklahoma that is set start in 2024.

Below is a list of dates for Temple's future games against non-conference opponents:
2017 – at Notre Dame - Sept. 2, vs. Villanova - Sept. 9, vs. UMass  - Sept. 16, at Army - Oct. 21
2018 – vs. Villanova -  Sept. 1, vs. Buffalo - Sept. 8, at Maryland - Sept. 15, at Boston College - Sept. 29
2019 – vs. Bucknell - Aug. 31, vs. Maryland - Sept. 14, at Buffalo - Sept. 21), vs. Army - Oct. 26
2020 – vs. Idaho - Sept. 12, vs. Rutgers - Sept. 19
2021 – at Rutgers - Sept. 4, vs. Boston College - Sept. 18
2022 – at Duke - Sept. 3, vs. Rutgers - Sept. 17
2023 – at Rutgers - Sept. 9, vs. Duke - Sept. 16
2024 - at Oklahoma - Aug. 31
2025 - vs. Oklahoma - Sept. 13
2028 - at Oklahoma - Sept. 2

Flyers' Legion of Doom line to reunite on ice at Hall of Fame Legends Classic

Flyers' Legion of Doom line to reunite on ice at Hall of Fame Legends Classic

One of the most beloved lines in Philadelphia Flyers history will skate again.

Eric Lindros confirmed on Friday afternoon that he will reunite with former teammates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg to bring back the Legion of Doom and will play in the Legends Classic at the Hockey Hall of Fame in November in Toronto.

The news comes courtesy of the Big E on Twitter.

Team Lindros, which will be made up of NHL greats, will take on Team Salming, which will be made up of Toronto Maple Leafs greats and led by Borje Salming.

The Legion of Doom was hoping to see a reunion back when the Winter Classic alumni game was held in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 31, 2011, but Renberg was unable to attend.

The Legends Classic will take place on the same weekend Lindros will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and Pat Quinn.