Eagles' Brandon Graham had microfracture surgery

The return of defensive end Brandon Graham, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2010, remains up in the air because he is recovering from microfracture surgery.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that multiple sources confirmed the decision was made for Graham to have more complicated microfracture surgery when he went in to have a torn ACL repaired after his injury Dec. 12 in a game vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Graham, who declined comment to McLane in a text message, will certainly miss the beginning of the 2011 season and his status for later in the year remains up in the air. Microfracture surgery involves drilling small holes in the bone to stimulate cartilage growth, and Graham also has to come back from the torn ACL. All Eagles coach Andy Reid has said this offseason is he doesn’t expect Graham, who was selected to energize the team’s pass rush, to be ready for the start of the campaign.

Fellow Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri missed the entire 2010 season following microfracture surgery in February of that year. Other players have been sidelined more than 12 months. Per the report, Graham recently said he is 80 percent recovered. How long it takes him to overcome the final 20 percent no one knows right now.

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