Nigel Bradham, the Eagles' solid and consistent veteran linebacker, has been suspended by the NFL for one game and will miss the opener against the Falcons, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Bradham apologized in a tweet and said he was suspended for the incident in July 2016 in which he was charged in an altercation with a hotel employee in the South Beach section of Miami. Those charges were eventually dropped.
I would like to apologize to my fans, coaches, teammates and the entire eagles organization for the 1 game suspension.This stems from a July 2016 incident and the matter is now resolved.I look forward to giving it my all this season and helping the team win another Championship— Nigel Bradham (@NigelBradham_13) June 29, 2018
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The Eagles open the 2018 regular season at the Linc on Sept. 6 against the Falcons.
The Eagles are already thin at linebacker following the release of Mychal Kendricks and a season-ending injury in OTAs to Paul Worrilow.
These moves leave the Eagles with few options alongside Jordan Hicks, who is coming off a season-ending injury of his own.
Nate Gerry, Joe Walker, Kamu Grugier-Hill and Corey Nelson are among those expected to battle for roster spots at linebacker during training camp.
Bradham was charged in two incidents in Miami in 2016, one the altercation with a hotel employee in South Beach that July and the other when he tried to bring a gun through security at Miami International Airport.
This is the second time the Eagles will be without a starting linebacker in a season opener against the Falcons immediately following the Super Bowl.
In 2005, Jeremiah Trotter was ejected from the season opener against the Falcons following a pre-game fight at midfield of the Georgia Dome that also involved Falcons linebacker Ike Reese.
Mike Labinjo wound up starting that game for the Eagles, a 14-10 loss.