The Eagles were back at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday for their first training camp practice, and one pleasant surprise was the presence of starting right guard Brandon Brooks.
After suffering a torn Achilles during the playoffs just over six months ago, estimates were that he’d be back on the field in 8-9 months. He’s surpassed many expectations during the offseason, and hit benchmarks much sooner than most. And now, the Pro Bowl lineman avoided the team’s PUP list to start camp, which is a great sign for him being ready
Thanks to hard work and one hell of a positive and determined attitude, Brooks’ recovery has been incredible.
Here’s a full timeline of his injury and return:
January 13: Torn Achilles
Brooks didn’t wait long after being carted off the field against New Orleans to confirm the worst, he did, in fact, suffer a torn Achilles. His absence was a big factor in that playoff loss for the Eagles, but his attitude toward recovering was positive from the beginning.
January 17: Surgery
Update: surgery was a success. Now the road to recovery starts. I look forward to kicking it’s fucking ass . I appreciate all the get well/recovery tweets too. I love and appreciate y’all ✊ pic.twitter.com/Cc4ftgX1ql— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) January 17, 2019
February 27: Back in the gym
Brooks was still in a boot just over a month after surgery, but he was back in the gym getting some rope work in to keep that upper body in shape.
Got a workout in and finished up with some rope work. Day by day step by step pic.twitter.com/zbsvtn8nlH— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) February 27, 2019
March 11: No more walking boot
Just under two months after surgery, Brandon Brooks was out of his walking boot and inching closer to his return. He did wear it on occassion out of an abundance of caution — like to 76ers games with Lane Johnson — but for the most part was getting his strength back.
April 10: No pain going up stairs
“He talked a little bit about his Achilles surgery recovery, and said he’s rehabbing about 4-5 days a week, and is able to go up the stairs without any kind of pain, in addition to doing the underwater treadmill a bit.”
June 21: Running and doing drills
When the team was officially gone for the summer, Brooks was back on the field doing drills.
July 25: Day 1 of training camp
It was somewhat surprising that Brooks didn’t start training camp on the PUP list, but he’s been committed to his rehab and is always willing to bet on himself. He was back on the field for the team’s first practice and well on his way to being ready for Week 1.
Brooks:“Focused on Wk 1. If they clear me to do some snaps in the preseason, I’ll definitely go out there and try to get some. ...If it’s a lot closer call, we’ll let it go to the season and go from there. ...I’m always going to be optimistic. I’m always going to bet on myself."— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) July 25, 2019