Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham underwent surgery on his right ankle recently, ESPN's Tim McManus reported Tuesday, and Graham might miss all of the Eagles' organized team activities.
Graham, one of the heroes of Super Bowl LII, had the procedure May 1 and is now in a protective boot. He is expected to report to the NovaCare Complex on Monday as the Eagles begin OTAs.
Turns out, this surgery was conducted to take care of an ankle injury that Graham originally suffered on Christmas when the Eagles squared off against the Oakland Raiders, and it seemed like missing spring workouts was the only concern. He traveled to North Carolina shortly thereafter to see a specialist, who confirmed Graham had a high ankle sprain but did not sustain ligament damage. After skipping a meaningless regular-season finale, he went on to play in each of the Eagles' postseason games.
His strip sack of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII was a key moment in the Eagles' 41-33 victory that gave them their first National Football League championship since 1960.
After giving the ankle time to heal on its own, Graham opted for the minor procedure to help speed up the process.
Graham, 30, started 18 games, including all three playoff games, for the Eagles in 2017.