Brad­ham’s mis­steps ex­pected to at­tract the NFL’s at­ten­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

Ea­gles de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jim Schwartz weighed in Thurs­day on the le­gal is­sues of line­backer Nigel Brad­ham.

You might want to keep the kids away as we rate the re­marks PG.

“I think the most dis­ap­point­ing thing for me is it takes away from the Nigel that we see ev­ery day,” Schwartz said. “Good team­mate, hard worker, trust­wor­thy player on the field. But hey, facts are facts. You do dum­b­ass things, pretty soon you’re go­ing to be la­beled a dum­b­ass. He’s got a lot of ground to make up be­cause it’s not just him, it’s the rest of us, also. It’s every­body that wears that hel­met, all the peo­ple in the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Brad­ham claims he for­got he packed a loaded hand­gun he’s li­censed to carry in the back­pack he tried to check through se­cu­rity at Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port last Sun­day. Au­thor­i­ties were con­vinced the act wasn’t in­ten­tional yet cited Brad­ham on a mis­de­meanor weapons charge be­cause he was out on bail on a pre­vi­ous as­sault case in Mi­ami Beach.

Schwartz vouched for Brad­ham when the Ea­gles signed him to a two-year con­tract in free agency.

Brad­ham wasn’t happy about the “dum­b­ass” ref­er­ence. At least he heard it di­rectly from Schwartz be­fore it was served up dur­ing the co­or­di­na­tor’s weekly news con­fer­ence.

“I heard it first,” Brad­ham said. “It’s as sim­ple as that. That’s sim­i­lar to what I said yes­ter­day.”

Brad­ham is le­git­i­mately con­cerned the NFL could dis­ci­pline him un­der the per­sonal con­duct pol­icy. Typ­i­cally the league waits un­til court cases are ad­ju­di­cated. Head coach Doug Ped­er­son said the Ea­gles are wait­ing for the league and the le­gal process to play out.

The former Florida State star feels like he’s got two strikes.

“For­tu­nately, I’m here now, and that’s a bless­ing,” Brad­ham said. “I can’t take that for granted be­cause I know a lot of guys in the league who have made mis­takes. You truly, only get one chance at this. It was an hon­est mis­take and make sure it doesn’t hap­pen again.”

Brad­ham is fourth on the team with 10 tack­les. He also has an in­ter­cep­tion, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

Schwartz ap­pre­ci­ates the pro­duc­tion. He just doesn’t like the de­ci­sions Brad­ham makes away from the field.

“The worst thing I’ve ever for­got­ten at the air­port I think has been a ra­zor or a belt or some­thing like that,” Schwartz said. “I’m the guy in line that if that per­son five peo­ple ahead of me has a bot­tle of wa­ter in their lug­gage, I’m throw­ing my hands up like, ‘Se­ri­ously? Do you ever travel? Do you know that you can’t take wa­ter in?’ This takes it to a dif­fer­ent level.”

••• Ben­nie Lo­gan popped up on the Ea­gles’ in­jury re­port Thurs­day, the big de­fen­sive tackle lim­ited by a calf is­sue at prac­tice.

Ev­ery­one else prac­ticed fully for the Ea­gles, who are health­ier than they’ve been all sea­son.

••• Lions de­fen­sive end Ezekiel An­sah re­port­edly is a long shot to play Sun­day, which would be a ma­jor blow to the de­fense.

An­sah has been ham­pered by a sprained an­kle that side­lined him last week and has kept him out of all the prac­tices this week.

An­sah reg­is­tered 3½ sacks in the Lions’ Thanks­giv­ing rout of the Ea­gles. He’s pro­duced 6½ sacks in his last five games at Ford Field, where the Ea­gles op­pose the Lions Sun­day.

Also sit­ting out prac­tice for the Lions Thurs­day were safety Don Carey (ribs), tight end Eric Ebron (an­kle), line­backer DeAn­dre Levy (knee) and run­ning back Dwayne Wash­ing­ton (an­kle). Wide re­ceiver Marvin Jones (foot) was lim­ited, cor­ner­back Nevin Law­son (ill­ness) and safety Tavon Wil­son (neck) were full par­tic­i­pants.

••• Tem­ple prod­uct Tahir White­head leads the Lions with 31 tack­les.

White­head has eight or more stops in three of his last four games.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Detroit line­backer Tahir White­head (59), a fifth-round draft pick out of Tem­ple in 2012, leads the Lions with 31 tack­les through four games.

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