Eagles Notes: Eagles' Trent Cole returns to practice

"We don't like Dallas," said defensive end Trent Cole, who missed two games with a calf injury.
"We don't like Dallas," said defensive end Trent Cole, who missed two games with a calf injury. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 27, 2011

Defensive end Trent Cole was back on the practice field Wednesday and said he was eager to get a shot at the Cowboys after missing the last two games with a calf strain.

"I'm looking forward to coming and making an impact," Cole said. "We don't like Dallas. It's going to be a good game Sunday, and we're going to go out there, and we're going to give it hell."

Cole has three sacks on the year, but his impact is also measured by the attention he draws. In four games with Cole, the Eagles had 15 sacks. In two without him, they had three.

"He's the anchor of our D-line," said defensive end Jason Babin.

Cole said he felt he had "a great practice for coming off an injury" and was not limited.

Graham drops pounds

Brandon Graham revealed an underrated challenge in his rehabilitation from knee surgery: laying off the cheesesteaks.

Graham, the 13th overall pick in last year's draft, said his weight ballooned by 10 to 15 pounds after offseason knee surgery, making him as heavy as he has been since his freshman year at Michigan. Graham said he kept eating the same food and same quantities as before he got hurt, but couldn't run after microfracture surgery to help repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Now, Graham said, he'll eat 1 1/2 plates of food, instead of three, and cooks more, substituting turkey for beef. He may still have cheesesteaks, but tries to eat only half and save the rest for later.

Much of Graham's rehabilitation came during the NFL lockout, when he was not under team supervision.

Graham said he was back at his normal weight, and participated in his first full practice Wednesday, though his status for Sunday remains cloudy. The Eagles have 21 days from this past Monday to decide to put him on the 53-man roster or the injured reserve. It seems unlikely that he will play this week.

Graham said after the practice that he felt good at first, but soreness grew in his knee as the session went on.

Young is sued

Quarterback Vince Young is being sued by a Dallas strip-club manager he allegedly punched last year, according to the Associated Press.

The suit comes from Creiton Kinchen, who filed in Dallas claiming Young punched him in the face "suddenly and without provocation" at the club.

Kinchen said he refused to convert $8,000 from Young's credit card into single dollar bills for tip money.

Young, cited for misdemeanor assault, declined to comment Wednesday but has previously said he was provoked.

Eagles healthy

With Cole and tackles Jason Peters (hamstring) and King Dunlap (back spasms) all back from injuries, the Eagles had full participation in practice.

Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214, jtamari@phillynews.com, or @JonathanTamari on Twitter.

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