Could Brandon Brooks play for Eagles this season?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
August 16, 2020 - 2:10 pm

Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks is a quick healer and a hard worker. That much was clear when he came back from a torn right Achilles in just eight months prior to the start of the 2019 season. 

Is he about to do it again?

Speaking Sunday to reporters, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson did not close the door on the possibility that Brooks could play this season despite tearing his left Achilles back in June. 

“Yeah I can see him coming in later in the year. As far as his recovery is going I know he is ahead of schedule. He is looking good," Johnson said. "He changed his diet up, trying to optimize the recovery and come back as soon as he can. So I can definitely see that happening.”

The path to Brooks playing this year would be starting on the year on PUP, which he is on now, then being eventually moved to the active roster. By putting him on PUP the Eagles don’t really have to make a decision on Brooks until mid-October. 

The chances of Brooks playing in September or October are, obviously, slim. If he were to return in November that would be a five-month recovery. December, which is the last month of the regular season, would be six months. Meaning if Brooks were to suit up for a regular season game this year he would have to recover from his torn Achilles two months quicker than his miraculous recovery last time. 

If Brooks were to come back, it would be interesting to see what the Eagles would do. The team signed Jason Peters to play right guard this season and have insisted they believe he will do so at a high level. If he does, and Brooks is ready to play in late November or December, the team could be in a spot where they have to send Peters to the bench. 

All of this right now is speculation, but when Brooks initially suffered the injury in June, it wasn’t speculation that anyone thought the team would be having. 

If Brooks is able to come back, the problem of what to do with Peters would be a problem the Eagles would be happy to have. 

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