Stewart Bradley

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  1. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    Looks like Bradley has a torn ACL and is out for 2009. What a shame as he was very close to being one of the league's elite MLBs. Let's hope he has a complete recovery and comes back strong in '10.

    With this injury, other than Kevin Curtis and Brent Celek and o-lineman Todd Herremans (and mixed LB Chris Gocong), the Eagles will resemble Grambling on the field. And the consensus among the DWFs and caste media is that the rookie Maclin will replace Curtis sooner or later, the sooner the better as far as they're concerned.
  2. backrow

    backrow Hall of Famer

    Oct 23, 2005
    for f**k sakes. i mean, there's so few white defensive players in the NFL and it seems like every year one or two that are about to become stars get injured...
  3. ToughJ.Riggins

    ToughJ.Riggins Hall of Famer

    Nov 19, 2006
    Ontario Canada
    The majority of Eagles, but also Bears and Raider fans are idiots. Long live the caste in these cities. Stellers' fans are also stupid for believing in "white black supremacist" Dan Rooney. You never hear of a real life Clayton Bigsby, but their are quite a few white black supremacists out there. [​IMG]
  4. backrow

    backrow Hall of Famer

    Oct 23, 2005
    at least they signed Wilhelm to replace Bradley, he might have an immediate chance to start.
  5. referendum

    referendum Mentor

    Nov 13, 2005
    They also signed Jason Babin, an amazing two white defensive players signed by a NFL team on a single day.
  6. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    Apparently even Andy Reid[​IMG] has his limits.
  7. whiteathlete33

    whiteathlete33 Hall of Famer

    Mar 18, 2007
    New Jersey
    I am sure hoping for Wilhelm to start.
  8. Synapse to synapse

    Synapse to synapse Newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    This is heartening news. Just look at Babin over the years (not that any of us would need to [​IMG]):

    He put up great numbers for a rookie (or any player), had a bit less productive second year, but that would be no reason to worry. He matched his sacks, and then beat that number his third season. The Texans then snub him for whatever reason (probably had to do with Mario Williams or something...), and the Seahawks rarely use him in the two seasons he spends there. An okay year in KC, but not good enough to be resigned, I guess. [​IMG]

    Here's a good article about both Babin and Wilhelm (I'll post the excerpts about Babin):

    For Babin, it's a
    tremendous case of right place, right time for the former first-round
    draft pick. Babin, a 265-pound hybrid LB/DE, was brought in with the
    idea of converting back to a full-time end.

    And after the week
    the Eagles have had, it's very possible he could be starting there.
    Trent Cole is entrenched as a speed rusher on the right side, but after
    that, the depth chart is a mess.

    At 6'4", 265 pounds,
    he is bigger than Parker, Abiamiri, and Clemons. And while he's not a
    menacing pass rusher, he can hold his own (15 career sacks in 54
    games). He also knows how to be a starter; he spent his rookie season
    of 2004 as a starting OLB in Houston.

    The 2008 season
    might not have been a banner year for Babin, as he played only nine
    games for two different teams, but 2009 will be a shot at redemption
    for the 27th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.
    I did find the "right place, right time" line to be pretty inaccurate, and typical of the caste media. Given ample opportunity, I firmly believe Babin could start for ANY NFL team.
    Edited by: Synapse to synapse
  9. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
  10. TwentyTwo

    TwentyTwo Master

    Oct 31, 2009
    That's good news! Thanks for the update!

    The Eagles defense is not nearly the same w/o the athletic Bradley...He an Urlacher are both 6'4" 255...something you don't see everyday!
  11. Highlander

    Highlander Mentor

    Nov 28, 2009
    Good article on Stewart Bradley:

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    Posted on Fri, Jul. 30, 2010

    <h1>Eagles' Bradley back from injury, eager to lead and hit</h1>

    By Jonathan Tamari
    Inquirer Staff Writer

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    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A note of caution to Eagles running backs and
    tight ends: Stewart Bradley said he feels ready to run, and the one
    thing he's aching to do after a year on the sidelines is pound someone.

    "I'm just looking forward [to] a little contact," Bradley said when
    asked Thursday about getting back on the field.

    "It's been a long time since I hit somebody, and you don't realize
    how much you miss that until you can't do that," he added, sounding
    wistful about blasting ballcarriers.

    Bradley's return after missing all of last season with a torn
    anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee is one of the most
    anticipated stories of training camp and could prove critical to the
    success of the Eagles' 2010 defense.

    The team is counting on him to not only return to form on the field
    but also to emerge as a leader on a young defense going through many

    Both responsibilities present challenges. On the physical side,
    Bradley is only a year removed from a significant injury. On the mental
    side, a leadership role can carry a burden that weighs a player down on
    the field.

    Just ask Quintin Mikell, a safety who last year tried to step into a
    vocal void left by Brian Dawkins and said his game suffered for it.

    "I tried to do too much last year," Mikell said. "I tried to be a
    vocal guy. I tried to help guys here and help guys there, and it

    His pregame speeches, for example, fell flat.

    "There's a difference between being more vocal and trying to lead,"
    Mikell said. Good leaders work hard and inspire teammates to follow
    their example, Mikell said. Not everyone is cut out for big talks.

    "I was worried too much about the wrong stuff," Mikell said. "Instead
    of trying to be myself I was trying to be someone else."

    Bradley seemed keenly aware of that pitfall, though he still embraced
    the idea of stepping into a more prominent role.

    "When you step outside what you're comfortable doing, guys can sense
    that, and it's not honest, and it doesn't come across well," he said.
    "So as long as you can stay within your personality . . . then I think
    the guys will respond."

    Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott made clear this week he is
    expecting players to respond to Bradley, telling reporters he expects
    the linebacker to be quarterback of the defense and a "significant

    Bradley, 26 and entering his fourth year in the NFL, including the
    one he lost last season, has spoken with McDermott about taking on
    leadership responsibilities.

    "I feel like it's kind of natural for my personality as well as the
    nature of being in my position. [As middle linebacker] you're verbal and
    you're doing most of the communications, so it's a good fit for me," he

    Bradley also sounded confident about the purely physical aspects of
    his game, even after sitting out some June practices with a calf injury.

    "I'm ready to rumble," he said.

    He said he expected to be ready to play Friday with no restrictions.

    Having come back from a torn ACL once before, in his other knee in
    college, Bradley said he was familiar enough with the recovery process
    to feel confident in his return.

    His fellow defenders are looking forward to having the 6-foot-4,
    258-pound tackler back. With his size and speed, Bradley can help
    against both the run and the pass.

    "You could see there was a glaring hole last year without him in
    there," Mikell said. "He's a big, physical guy. He can play downhill
    against the run."

    But he can also frustrate quarterbacks.

    "When he puts his arm up, he's damn near seven foot, so any ball
    going over the middle is going to float," Mikell said, adding with a
    smile, "That helps guys like me get some of those overthrow picks, so
    I'm excited for that."

    But probably not as excited as Bradley is for some collisions.</div>
  12. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    Nice article on Stewart Bradley's attempt to be the starting middle linebacker for the Broncos. He was screwed over big time by Arizona, he's still just 29 and has a lot left in the tank.

    Broncos LB Stewart Bradley's return to form a pleasant surprise

    by Christopher Dempsey

    There are two linebackers on the Broncos' roster who have made 100 or more tackles in an NFL season. Wesley Woodyard is one.

    The other?

    Stewart Bradley.

    You probably didn't guess that.

    Bradley once was billed as a long-term solution for the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in 2007 and watched him quickly grow into a monster of a player. Now, after a career-interrupting knee injury and a bad fit with the Arizona Cardinals, Bradley has a dual mission with the Broncos: reclaim the upwardly mobile career arc he left in Philadelphia and win the starting middle linebacker job to start that process.

    In less than two weeks of training camp at Dove Valley, Bradley has taken a middle linebacker spot that was assumed not available with Nate Irving entrenched as the starter and turned it into a hotly contested position battle.

    "It's competition," said coach John Fox. "We'll take a hard look at the tape and see who executed the best in the game situation and move from there."

    Denver's coaches needed only practice tape and their eyes to justify elevating Bradley to the first-team defense and start him in the preseason opener Thursday night in San Francisco. He responded with six tackles — five solo stops — while playing much of the first half in the 10-6 victory over the 49ers.

    For the Broncos, this was a calculated risk with little downside. They signed Bradley to a one-year contract in the spring, a deal that flew way under the radar with the acquisition of free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker grabbing all of the headlines.

    Bradley made 151 tackles, intercepted a pass and made a sack in 2008 as he quickly ascended to the No. 1 middle linebacker in Philadelphia, displacing starter Omar Gaither in the process.

    But in 2009, he suffered a knee injury during the preseason. Not fully healthy in 2010, his production dropped to 88 tackles. The Eagles let him go and the Cardinals scooped him up.

    But a middle linebacker playing in a 3-4 defense with the Cardinals proved to be a bad fit. Bradley never was comfortable and his performance showed it. The Cardinals released him after last season.

    That's why he sees this opportunity with the Broncos with hungry eyes.

    "Yeah, definitely," said Bradley, a former Nebraska star. "It's a chance to kind of revitalize and show what I can do and prove that I can still be a good player in this league."

    Bradley has suffered two ACL injuries — one in college — but says he feels as healthy as he has in a long time. And that's not all.

    "I feel more and more comfortable in the scheme," Bradley said. "And I think the more comfortable you are, it allows you to play faster and think less. And I'm feeling better. The knee injury (with the Eagles) set me back, and then I was in a different scheme and an odd situation in Arizona, where it didn't work out for both sides.

    "Now I'm back in a 4-3, which is what I was playing in Philadelphia when I was successful, and feeling a lot better about it."

    Irving, meanwhile, walked away from Thursday's game giving himself an incomplete grade from his performance against the 49ers.

    "I felt rusty," Irving said.

    But Irving acknowledged that the unexpected competition at middle linebacker is "real tough. The coaches, they are holding me and Stew to a real high level, high standard. We're both going out there and competing every day, trying to please ourselves and the coaches."
  13. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    This sucks:

    Broncos MLB Stewart Bradley is out indefinitely after undergoing wrist surgery. He could be a candidate for I.R., depending on the results of surgery. Bradley had bypassed Nate Irving as Denver's starting middle linebacker. They'll now move WLB Wesley Woodyard to the middle, with Danny Trevathan starting at weak-side 'backer and Shaun Phillips replacing suspended Von Miller on the strong side. Injuries are absolutely crippling the Broncos' defense.
  14. celticdb15

    celticdb15 Hall of Famer

    Jul 24, 2007
    Geez. Between Bradley and McCarthy those 2 guys had a lot of promise at MLB. But their careers have been absolutely derailed due to injuries!
  15. Borussia

    Borussia Guru

    Sep 29, 2008

    Sorry to read this news re Bradley. Broncos looked to be one of the Whiter overall teams this year and we need all the good starting players on defense we can get.
    Is this looking to be season ending?
  16. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    The latest update on Bradley is he'll be out for at least several weeks, so he at least has a chance of playing a good portion of the season. With Von Miller (yet another lionized black football player "role model" who turns out to be a complete bonehead) officially suspended today for 6 games, Bradley will be all but guaranteed of starting if/when he can get healthy.

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