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Eagles' Sam Bradford on schedule with rehab

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The Philadelphia Eagles refuse to rush Sam Bradford.

Coach Chip Kelly told reporters Thursday that the former Rams quarterback remains limited during this week's rash of organized team activities.

"He is on schedule," Kelly said of Bradford's recovery from knee surgery. "We all think there's three phases: There's medical rehab, there's performance rehab and then there's prepare to play. He's probably right at the tail end of medical rehab. He'll probably start throwing some 7-on-7 next week, but I think he's right on schedule in terms of where he is."

This week's reps have gone to Mark Sanchez, which isn't surprising considering that Bradford -- acquired in a March trade with St. Louis -- is just nine months removed from tearing his left ACL for the second time in as many seasons.

Bradford was on the field during Phase 2 of spring workouts earlier this month, impressing Eagles receivers with his arm, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. As Kelly noted during the draft, the quarterback has "plenty of time" to make his way back, while noting that Sanchez, Matt Barkley or Tim Tebow would start if the team had a game today.

Having not suited up since October 2013, Bradford remains an enigma under center. Kelly believes strongly that the former No. 1 pick can live up to that pedigree, but also said last month that "we still need to see him out on the field."

It's May. It's early. Too early to fret. If Bradford isn't ready for training camp, though, he'll have our attention.

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