Brandon Graham underwent microfracture surgery

AP

We already knew that Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham wasn’t expected back for the beginning of the season.  Now we know part of the reason why it will take him so long to recover.

Kyle Meinke of AnnArbor.com reported that Graham underwent microfracture surgery after tearing his ACL last year. Multiple Philadelphia outlets have confirmed the news.

Graham tore his ACL in December, but the microfracture surgery will make his recovery a longer process than a usual ACL rehabilitation.  (As the picture show, he can play golf again.)

He figures to be a candidate for the PUP list for the first six weeks of the season if he doesn’t show good progress in August.

8 responses to “Brandon Graham underwent microfracture surgery

  1. What is it with all this micro-fracture surgery? It’s like an epidemic. Every knee job is this now.

  2. Thanks for letting our 260 lbs rookie play DT last year, McDermott. Some teams were looking at him as an OLB.

  3. Hopefully the procedure has improved in recent years. Tony Brackens had microfracture surgery and was never close to the same player.

  4. Micro-fracture surgery is used to try and replace cartilage that is no longer viable. The surgery itself can’t make the situation worse, but it may not help as much as hoped. “Success” from the procedure these days is 70% or higher, with a young guy like Brandon it’s probably considerably higher.

    The down side is that cartilage will likely only last a few years and he is back in the same situation. The player also has 3-4 months of down time on the knee before serious rehab can begin, but if it’s done in conjunction with an ACL it was going to take that anyway.

    The reason we are hearing more and more about it is that the procedure is becoming a normal intermediary step in chronic knee situations in the NFL.

  5. Im almost the same size has Brandon and had micro fracture surgery. It was a success but there is soreness and a lot of PT. My guess is he will be good for about 1-2 yrs then feel it.

  6. I know this used to be a surgery that was kind of a Hail Mary last resort, but Amare Stoudemire seems to have recovered nicely from his. I know playing basketball isn’t the same as playing DE, but it’s encouraging.

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