Nigel Bradham expects to play despite breaking his thumb and having surgery

LB said he broke his thumb in three places against the Giants and had six screws inserted into his hand on Monday

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill joking referred to himself and fellow linebacker Nigel Bradham as the “thumb brothers.”

It’s not much of a laughing matter, however. Not after Bradham broke his thumb in three different places on Sunday and, on Monday, had an operation to repair it. He had six screws inserted into his hand during the surgery.

Grugier-Hill broke his thumb during the Eagles’ game in London against the Jaguars. He has played with a cast the resembles a club on his hand since and that was a big reason he wasn’t able to intercept a ball thrown right at him early in the team’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago. Had Grugier-Hill been able to make the play, he would have scored an easy pick-six from about 15 yards away.

Bradham will likely play with some kind of similar club on his hand now, too, because there is now way he’s taking a seat now, not with another pivotal NFC East game on Monday night when the Washington Redskins pay a visit to Lincoln Financial Field.

“I’m just me, always the same,” said Bradham on Tuesday. “I’m just that type of guy. I want to be out there. I want to be out there regardless. That’s my thing, always try to be available.”

It particularly important to be available now, because Jordan Hicks has a calf injury that kept him from playing in Sunday’s 25-22 win over the New York Giants and could keep him sidelined against the Redskins.

After his thumb broke, he stayed on the field and played all 61 of the defensive snaps.

“Heart,” said Bradham when asked how he was able to do that. “That’s only answer for it really. It was definitely painful but just something I had to get through.”

Bradham knows the challenges of playing with a cast.

“It’s tough, tough to get off blocks and tackle,” he said. “You pretty much use your hands every play so it’s definitely tough, but something you have to do.”

It’s just another injury for a team that has had more than its share. At least it won’t end Bradham’s season like some injuries have already done to some key players.