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Eagles say Bradley injured, but Reid not talking

Stewart Bradley
Stewart Bradley
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Upset by press reports that starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley could miss the season with a knee injury, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday he's not talking about it.

The Eagles confirmed Sunday night that the former Highland High School star suffered a knee injury in practice. On Monday, reports surfaced that the third-year pro has a torn ACL is likely lost for the season.

After practice, Reid criticized the media instead of discussing the injury. He said some reporters violated his "pact" with them, which Reid said dictates that reporters ask only him about team injuries, not players or other team personnel.

"We won't talk about injuries today," Reid said. "Some of your colleagues here decided that they would go to the players and or other personnel here and ask about injuries. I made a pact with you guys when I first got here that I would disclose to you the injuries — just stay away from the players, stay away from other personnel in the organization, and I would take care of you with that. That part was breached."

Asked why he decided to punish the entire press corps, Reid said, "That's the way it works. Peer pressure is the best pressure there is. You can work it out with your colleagues."

Reid did acknowledge Bradley's absence from practice.

"He did not practice today, and that's where I'll leave it," said Reid, who would not say when he will again discuss injuries. "When I decide that people can abide by the rules, I'll do that."

While Reid declined to talk about Bradley's absence, his players did.

"Stu was our starting linebacker, so it's a blow," said safety Quintin Mikell. "But it's the NFL. We got to have guys that are ready to step up, and I believe we have those guys."

Said linebacker Chris Gocong: "Obviously it's really unfortunate, but that's football, and you really do have to roll with the punches and stay on your toes."

Bradley, a third-round pick in 2007, had 151 tackles in his first full season as a starter last year. He's the primary signal caller on a defense that already lost veteran safety Brian Dawkins to Denver in free agency.

Bradley's backup is second-year pro Joe Mays, who practiced with the first team on Monday. The Eagles also have veteran Omar Gaither, who started 16 games at middle and weakside linebacker during the 2007 season.

"You've got two guys that can do a good job there with Mays and Omar," Reid said. "We'll look at that as we go down the road here."

BURRESS INDICTED: Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress was indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges for shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub and faces a minimum prison sentence of 3 1/2 years if convicted, prosecutors announced Monday.

The indictment charged the 31-year-old Burress with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

"The grand jury applied the law to the facts of this case," Morgenthau said. He said the accidental shooting at the Latin Quarter nightclub on Nov. 29 was treated "like any similar case against any other defendant."

Burress' lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he was disappointed but not surprised by the indictment, which came after Burress testified before the grand jury and expressed remorse.

"When you have the mayor and the district attorney both publicly demanding a maximum prison sentence, it was perhaps too much to hope for the grand jury to conduct a sympathetic review of the unique facts of this sad case," Brafman said in a statement.

Burress' former teammate Antonio Pierce, who was with Burress in the club and drove him to the hospital, was not indicted.

The panel also did not indict the nightclub security guard who carried the gun to Pierce's car or the hospital staff members who failed to notify police that Burress had been shot.

Morgenthau said hospital personnel were guilty of "a screw-up rather than a cover-up" and the security guard exhibited "bad judgment in the first degree" but did not commit a crime.

Pierce, who also testified before the grand jury last week, was practicing with the Giants in Albany when he learned of the panel's decision.

LYNCH'S SUSPENSION WILL STAND: Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch's three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy will stand. Lynch's suspension ends on Sept. 28, a day after the Bills play the New Orleans Saints in their third regular-season game. Lynch pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years probation.

Lynch, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons with the Bills, will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games before Sept. 5.