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The Philadelphia Eagles’ special teams unit has lost a key contributor.
Linebacker Shaun Bradley announced that he will miss the 2023 NFL season after suffering a torn Achilles in the Eagles preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
Bradley confirmed the news on his Instagram account:
Bradley, a sixth round pick in 2020, has playing 45 games for the Eagles with most of his time coming on special teams. He played 314 special teams snaps in 2022, which was 80 percent of all special teams plays on the team during that time.
The injury comes as Bradley enters the final year of his rookie contract. He made seven tackles in 2022, his lowest total to date, but played 15 games in each of his first three seasons.
This makes him a consistent presence in the locker room and he could provide depth to a position group with newcomers Myles Jack and Zach Cunningham joining the fold in 2023. Bradley stated his disappointment in his Instagram post, but also remains hopeful about his recovery process.
“Not how I wanted the season to end for me, but I believe that God truly gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers,” Bradley wrote in his Instagram post.
The Eagles have the longest record in the NFC in 2022 at 14-3 and reached Super Bowl LVII where they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-35.