Sam Bradford: I wasn't sure my knee would hold up

So far, so good for Sam Bradford.

The Eagles quarterback is in unchartered territory as he attempts his comeback from back-to-back tears of his anterior cruciate ligament. He opened camp working with the first-team offense and -- to this point -- has experienced no setbacks in his twice reconstructed left knee.

"I think I feel better than what I was expecting," Bradford said Thursday, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I thought my knee would hold up, but I wasn't sure.

"From Day 1 when I wasn't taking reps, the goal was to be ready for training camp," he added. "So that when it got here, I was going to be able to go out there and not be limited. And that's where we've been so far. And you know, for me, I need the reps. So being out there and getting these reps have been great for me."

Of course, there were plenty of positive updates on Bradford's knee last August before he re-injured it in the Rams' third preseason game. Bradford admits the true test will come in the heat of battle.

"You know it's hard to simulate those game situations," he said. "We can do a little bit of it in practice but until I'm able to get hit, you really can't simulate when the pocket breaks down and you gotta make a hard hitch up and then scramble. But I've been put in a few of those situations so far, and I felt like my knee has held its own."

Few quarterbacks represent as much in the way of uncertainty as Bradford as we enter a new season. Mark Sanchez might be the league's biggest security blanket.

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