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Brandon Brooks missed time due to anxiety issues

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Player health isn’t just the body

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Brooks has missed two of the last three games with a last minute illness. Prior to the Monday Night Football game against the Packers three weeks ago, Brooks was so ill he was hospitalized. On Sunday against the Bengals, he was again a late scratch with illness.

Speaking with reporters today, he revealed that what he thought were recurring ulcers were the symptom anxiety issues.

Struggling with a mental illness can be incredibly difficult, especially when you perform in a public light. For years, Brandon Marshall dealt with Borderline Personality Disorder, but didn’t know it. It caused him problems during his time in Denver, who eventually traded him to Miami. While in Miami, he was properly diagnosed and for BPD, and announced in a press conference that he had the disorder. Since then, with treatment and understanding, Marshall has turned his life around. His numerous legal troubles went away, and after being suspended or benched prior to the diagnosis, he has only missed time due to injury.

Hopefully a similar path can be laid for Brandon Brooks.