Bradham’s missteps expected to attract the NFL’s attention
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.
Detroit linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59), a fifth-round draft pick out of Temple in 2012, leads the Lions with 31 tackles through four games.