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Eagles DE Brandon Graham, a locked-out golfer

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)

Like a lot of locked-out athletes, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham has had some extra time on his hands.

When Graham hasn't been rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee in the Los Angeles area, he's been on a golf course.

A lot.

''I played for two weeks straight to get ready for this,'' Graham said Monday at Barton Hills Country Club, appearing at an event to support the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. ''Before that, it was about twice a month.''

''It has improved my game,'' he added. ''But it has improved my knee, too.''

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Manny Harris isn't ready to take his game overseas as Deron Williams appears ready to do if the NBA lockout lingers for too long.

''I haven't even thought about it,'' Harris said. ''I'm just controlling what I can control and that's working out.''

Graham said the lockout has given him time to rest and recover from major knee surgery last winter. Philadelphia's first-round pick in 2010 said he is to see Dr. James Andrews this week and hopes to be cleared to practice, not play, in September.

''It's kind of benefiting me in my situation,'' said Graham, who says he's close to full health. ''But I know my other players want to get back and get to work and I'm all about that.''

Graham says that of late he's been using demo clubs and playing golf regularly.

''One thing is, I do hit it straight,'' Graham insisted.

The 6-foot-2, 268-pound Detroiter, wearing basketball shoes and apparel, then approached the first tee. He sent the ball about 50 yards to the right in a bunker.

In September, 120 students will be selected by lottery to be ninth-graders at Rose's open-enrollment, tuition-free charter school when it opens in Detroit.

''I'm trying to create a break-the-mold school,'' said Rose, an ESPN analyst, former Michigan and NBA standout. ''We want to be able to compete with the best private schools in the state of Michigan.''

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