Eagles safety Corey Graham may return from a hamstring injury against the Cowboys. He may also return to a familiar role.

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PHILADELPHIA — The last time Eagles veteran safety Corey Graham was healthy enough to make it through an entire game, he made a self-assessed “dumb play” that eventually led to an overtime loss against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.

Graham started that game at free safety in place of injured starter Rodney McLeod, who was lost for the season a week earlier. With McLeod on the shelf with a torn MCL, Graham was the “next man up” at the safety position.

The 12-year veteran made mistakes in coverage and looked out of place against the Titans, partially because his role within the defense was somewhat new to him. Since last season, Graham has been the third safety in the secondary, filling in for starting strong safety Malcolm Jenkins as he moves around the formation.

Instead of increasing his role in a comfortable spot, Graham struggled at a position that was familiar yet different.

“It’s not as simple as people think it is,” Graham said Thursday. “Obviously, we all can [play both safety spots] but it’s a lot better if you can just stick with what you normally do.”

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Graham was benched in Week 5 in favor of rookie Avonte Maddox. The young cornerback-turned-safety played well against the Vikings. Graham played just three snaps in the loss to Minnesota before injuring his hamstring.

Since Graham has been sidelined, Maddox has matured in his role as the starting free safety. Maddox has proven over the last month that he can make plays when called upon, freeing up Jenkins, and now possibly …read more

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