Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford received clearance to be a full participant during the team’s practice on Sunday, taking all of the team’s first-team snaps
Bradford missed the the entire 2014 season after having surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee.
Bradford, who was traded from the St. Louis Rams to Philadelphia for quarterback Nick Foles in March, wore a brace on his knee during the first day of Eagles organized team activities in May and was only a limited participant in during drills with the team’s other quarterbacks.
The heavy knee brace from minicamp was nowhere to be seen during Sunday’s practice.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said that Bradford was a “full go, 100%” and added that Bradford will play in the preseason opener on Aug. 16 against the Indianapolis Colts barring any setbacks. Philadelphia opens the regular season with a Monday night contest against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 14.
"He had a great off-season, I think, from when we left on June 18 to now. He feels really confident,” Kelly said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"It's a big step," Bradford added. "It's been almost a year since I've been on the field in full speed playing football. To go out there and play ball and know my knee can do it, I think it was a really big first step and first day today."
Bradford, 27, is in the final season of a six-year, $78 million deal he signed when the Rams made him the No. 1 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.
Bradford has missed 31 of 80 possible games in his five NFL season, tearing the ACL in his left knee in each of the past two seasons. He has a 18-30-1 record as a starting quarterback, completing 59% of his passes for 11,065 yards with 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.
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