Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks suffered another major injury, tearing his Achilles tendon Monday while working out at the NovaCare Complex.
Brooks will miss the entire 2020 season. NBC Sports Philadelphia was the first to report the news.
Brooks confirmed the injury Monday night on his Twitter account, saying: “So I guess now that news is out yes I tore my other Achilles but when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. I’ll be back and better than ever. Appreciate the love.”
Brooks’ injury will likely increase the Eagles’ urgency to bring back left tackle Jason Peters, who is currently a free agent.
Andre Dillard, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick, was expected to replace Peters, who’s 38 years old, at left tackle.
Peters has yet to sign with any other NFL team, and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has said that he would like Peters to return. Peters, however, has never played guard in his 16 seasons in the NFL.
But if the Eagles do bring him back, that could be an option.
The Eagles could also look at in-house options. Matt Pryor, drafted in the sixth round in 2018, replaced Brooks last season when Brooks was out with his shoulder injury. The Eagles also drafted Jack Driscoll, who played both guard and tackle in college, in the fourth round this season.
The Eagles could look at free agents, such as Kyle Long, but it’s likely that the Eagles won’t want to spend a lot.
Brooks’ loss will be a big blow to the Eagles’ offensive line. He has been one of the top right guards in the NFL. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons.
Brooks tore his right Achilles in the Eagles’ playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints in Jan. 2019. Remarkably, Brooks was ready for the season opener. He played in every game until dislocating his shoulder in the regular-season finale against the Giants. The injury required surgery.
Brooks was allowed to be at the NovaCare Complex because he was rehabbing from the shoulder injury. He reportedly tore the left Achilles while running.
The Eagles have not commented on Brooks’ injury, but Pederson is scheduled to meet with the media via videoconference on Tuesday morning.
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