Brandon Brooks still hopeful of playing season opener

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Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks had a checkup on his right Achilles last week. He still isn’t cleared for team drills yet but Brooks did get the go-ahead for one-on-ones this week in joint practices with the Ravens.

Brooks retains hope of playing the season opener.

Still got time,” Brooks said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia. “The biggest indication is going to be this week in one-on-ones, see how it feels, not just against defensive players, but against another team. If things go well from there, progress from there.”

Brooks, 29, tore his Achilles seven months ago. He insists his recovery is on schedule, giving him a chance to play Week One.

“We’ve got 2½ weeks, so I’d say there’s more than enough time,” Brooks said.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai would fill in at right guard if Brooks is unable to go.

5 responses to “Brandon Brooks still hopeful of playing season opener

  1. I don’t want him playing in week 1. Give him the long week after the Thursday game in week 4 and let him start the season on October 6th.

    I’m just thrilled he will be back before the bye week.

  2. Wow, for all he’s been through this man is a beast…potentiality back for the season opener? Great signing from day 1…mental, physical issues he just grinds… hopefully he doesn’t rush too much but if he’s back at 100 🙂

  3. 7 months is pretty ambitious for a torn achilles. I hope he isn’t rushing it because it’s more important that he plays in December and January than is Sept. 8th.

  4. I wouldn’t want to put a player in the starting lineup after getting cleared for 1 on 1 drills less than three weeks before the season opener. It isn’t like the Eagles don’t have depth on their offensive lineup, Vaitai could easily be starting for half the teams in the NFL. Brooks is to valuable for the long term to rush back and risk injury either due to not being fully healed from the Achilles injury or due to not being in full NFL football game shape. Just let him work his way back over the first quarter of the season and if it seems at some point that Vaitai isn’t able to perform at the level necessary re-evaluate.

  5. I agree with the 1 on 1’s, but from there Id let him sit the first 1-2 games to be fully healthy. We cant afford him going down and relying on Vaitai all season, but he would be inside so it may not be too bad.

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