The Eagles signed veteran safety Corey Graham to a one-year deal Thursday, giving them depth at safety and a potential special-teams contributor who earned a Pro Bowl invitation in 2011.
Graham, 32, is entering his 11th NFL season. He started every game the past two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and has played for the Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and Chicago Bears in his career. Graham has 64 career starts, 612 career tackles and 15 career interceptions. He was on the Ravens when they won Super Bowl XLVII, and his time in Baltimore overlapped with Eagles executive Joe Douglas. He started nine games for the Buffalo Bills in 2015 when Jim Schwartz was the defensive coordinator, so he has even more connections to the Eagles staff.
Graham cut his teeth in the NFL as a special-teams standout. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011 for his special-teams ability.
The Eagles are set at safety with Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, but Graham provides valuable depth and could also contribute on special teams. He also has cornerback in his background, and that’s a need for the Eagles.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tannehill reinjures knee
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill reinjured his left knee in practice Thursday when it buckled as he scrambled and fell without being hit.
Tannehill walked slowly off the field accompanied by trainers. He underwent an MRI, but results weren’t definitive regarding the extent of the injury, and further assessment was expected Friday.
“You see your quarterback go down, you think the worst,” tight end MarQueis Gray said. “He’s in all of our prayers, and we hope he’s back on the field.”
Tannehill missed last season’s final four games, including a playoff loss at Pittsburgh, after spraining two ligaments in the same knee. He decided against surgery and took part in all offseason drills.
He was wearing a brace when his knee gave out near the right sideline while running full speed to escape tackle Ndamukong Suh. Tannehill stayed on the ground at least 15 seconds surrounded by teammates before rising and leaving the field.
“I saw him buckle and go down. There was no contact on the play,” offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. “The initial reaction is, ‘OK, next man up.’ That’s football. It’s going to happen somewhere in this season. The game doesn’t stop. You go on to the next play. And then, obviously, my personal thing is, ‘Boy, I sure hope it isn’t serious.’”
The injury occurred during the seventh practice of training camp.
Matt Moore, an 11th-year veteran, went 2-2 as a starter replacing Tannehill last year and remains the backup.
“There’s a reason we have Matt Moore here,” Christensen said. “We hope he never has to play, and if he does, he’ll be ready.”
Hall renames stadium
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Tom Benson now has a stadium named after him, with a statute to go with it.
The first major step in a nearly $800 million project at the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been the renovation of an aging high school stadium located next to the hall itself. The New Orleans Saints owner donated $10 million to the renovation.
On Thursday, a 9-foot statue of Benson was unveiled at the 23,000-seat stadium that Hall of Fame President David Baker called “the finest small venue stadium in the world.”
“This is a game changer,” Baker added as Benson, his wife Gayle, former Saints kicker Morten Andersen — the NFL’s career scoring leader who will be inducted into the hall Saturday night — and several others involved in what will be the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village awaited the unveiling. “This is hope, a vision, and just the beginning for what is coming. This is 14 percent of what’s coming.”
The revitalized stadium was hosting the Hall of Fame game between the Cowboys and Cardinals on Thursday night. It also will be the home to two local colleges, Malone and Walsh, future Division III football championships, and the Black College Hall of Fame all-star game. Baker is working on attracting more events, including the NFL draft.
Jets’Adams sprains ankle
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sprained an ankle during practice and the severity of the injury was not immediately known — although it doesn’t appear serious.
Coach Todd Bowles says Thursday that Adams, the team’s first-round draft pick out of LSU, was hurt during 7-on-7 drills and held out for the remainder of practice. Adams remained on the field for the rest of the session and Bowles does not think the safety will need to have an MRI exam on the ankle.
About an hour after practice concluded, Adams wrote on Twitter : “I’m okay. God is good.”
Adams is expected to start at safety along with second-rounder Marcus Maye, giving the Jets two rookie starters in the secondary.
Newton doesn’t throw again
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held out of passing drills for the third straight day while battling soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.
Coach Ron Rivera was vague on if this is part of the team’s plan for Newton or if he’s had a setback.
Rivera said after practice Thursday, “We are going to do what the doctors and trainers tell us.”
Rivera said it’s unclear if the league’s 2015 MVP will participate in Fan Fest in Charlotte stadium on Friday night.
Newton underwent surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. He participated in the first five training camp practices at Wofford College, but was held out of the second half of practice Sunday with shoulder soreness. He’s only thrown two warmup passes since then.
Titans’ Davis getting MRI
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans rookie wide receiver Corey Davis is having an MRI exam on his hamstring after being hurt catching a pass during a 1-on-1 drill.
Coach Mike Mularkey says he didn’t have an update on Davis when practice ended.
The fifth overall pick out of Western Michigan and the first wide receiver drafted made a move, turned back for the catch against cornerback Logan Ryan. Davis went to the sideline, then limped off the field. Davis had been working with the first-team offense since signing his contract last weekend.
Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray also sat out practice with his own sore hamstring. Mularkey says Murray is day-to-day and spent practice working inside.
That left the first-team work to Derrick Henry for a second straight practice.