Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly says that quarterback Sam Bradford is on schedule with his rehab after surgery last year to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Bradford, who was traded to Philadelphia for quarterback Nick Foles in March, was seen wearing a brace on his knee during the first day of Eagles organized team activities and participated in throwing drills with the team’s other quarterbacks.
"He is on schedule," Kelly said. "We all think there's three phases: There's medical rehab, there's performance rehab and then there's prepare to play. He's probably right at the tail end of medical rehab. He'll probably start throwing some 7-on-7 next week, but I think he's right on schedule in terms of where he is."
Kelly said the starting quarterback position is not settled, especially if Bradford is not ready by the team’s season opener, a Monday night contest against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 14.
Bradford, 27, is in the final season of a six-year, $78 million deal he signed when the Rams made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He is scheduled to make $12.98 million in base salary this season and has a $16.58 million salary cap hit.
In his five NFL seasons, Bradford has missed 31 of 80 possible games, and he tore the ACL in his left knee in each of the past two seasons.
He has a 18-30-1 record as a starter and has completed 59 percent of his passes for 11,065 yards with 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.
- Scooby Axson