Brandon Brooks is entering a very important week in his Achilles recovery.
The Eagles’ Pro Bowl right guard hasn’t yet been cleared for full-team drills, but has been given the go-ahead to participate in 1-on-1s this week as the Ravens come to town for joint practices.
Brooks says Week 1 is still a possibility.
“Still got time,” he said. “The biggest indication is going to be this week in 1-on-1s, see how it feels, not just against defensive players, but against another team. If things go well from there, progress from there.”
Brooks, 29, had a checkup on his Achilles last Wednesday, when they cleared him for the next step in his recovery. Now about seven months removed from the injury to his right leg, Brooks claims he’s still on schedule.
More importantly, Brooks thinks there’s still enough time to get cleared and then prepared for the opener.
“We've got 2½ weeks, so I’d say there’s more than enough time,” he said.
This week, Brooks said, they want to see how his recovering leg responds.
If things go well over the next several days, there’s a chance he could be cleared to progress to 11-on-11 team drills next week.
“With team drills, man, you have a lot more going on around you, guys falling to the ground, things like that,” he said. “I think the best way you get live contact and it’s controlled is in 1-on-1s, that’s why we started there.”
If Brooks isn’t ready for Week 1, Halapoulivaati Vaitai would fill in at right guard in the interim.
We’ll learn a lot this week, one of the most important in his recovery yet.
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