Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks has missed two of the last three games after getting ill in the hours leading up to the game.
Brooks said Wednesday that he woke up at 4 a.m. last Sunday before the Eagles were scheduled to face the Redskins and started vomiting. He got treatment from team doctors, but was having trouble standing before being scratched from the game. The cause wasn’t the stomach flu, however.
“I found out recently that I have an anxiety condition,” Brooks said, via NJ.com. “What I mean by anxiety condition … not nervousness or fear of the game, what it is is I have an obsession with the game. It’s an unhealthy obsession right now. I’m working with team doctors to get everything straightened out and get the help I need.”
Brooks said he’s taking medication in addition to talking to doctors to “figure out why I’ve constantly searching to be perfect” and beating himself up if he isn’t able to reach perfection. He believes that approach will help him avoid similar issues in the future and keep the Eagles from having to scramble their line at the last minute.