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Eagles Injury Update: Brandon Brooks is out for the season after suffering shoulder injury

Eagles Injury Update: Brandon Brooks is out for the season after suffering shoulder injury

In a season filled with tough injuries, go ahead and rank this one near the top. 

On Sunday afternoon, Eagles Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks suffered a shoulder injury that will require surgery, head coach Doug Pederson said. Brooks is done for the season. 

Brooks, 30, separated his right shoulder during an extra point late in the second quarter of the Eagles’ NFC East-clinching 34-17 win over the Giants on Sunday. Pederson said there’s additional damage beyond a separated shoulder. Brooks was in obvious pain and was carted off the field with his right arm in a stationary position. 

“Brandon’s a big loss,” Pederson said. “He’s an anchor of the offensive line, he’s big and physical and he’s a professional. He comes to work every day ready to go. But to Matt Pryor’s credit, he stepped in and did well in the game yesterday. If he’s the guy, we expect him to pick up where Brandon left off. Definitely a big loss in Brandon’s case.”

Pryor, in his second NFL season, stepped in to take the right guard spot on Sunday, but the Eagles might have a choice to make for the upcoming wild-card round playoff game against the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. 

Lane Johnson (ankle) is expected to return to practice this week and if he’s able to play, the Eagles will have their pick of Pryor or Halapoulivaati Vaitai for the right guard spot. They have both played guard before. 

If Johnson can’t return this weekend, the Eagles would start Pryor at right guard and Vaitai at right tackle. 

Either way, the Eagles won’t have their Pro Bowl combination of Brooks and Johnson on the right side for the rest of the season. 

This is obviously a huge loss. Brooks has been the Eagles’ best and most consistent offensive lineman this season. They rewarded him last month with a four-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL and will keep him in Philly through 2024. 

This is the second straight year Brooks’ season ends with an injury. He tore his Achilles last January at the Superdome in New Orleans during the divisional round game and amazingly returned to start the season opener in September. He’ll have another rehab this offseason, but based on what we’ve seen, there’s a good chance he’ll come back better than ever. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Building now vs. the future around Carson Wentz

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Eagle Eye podcast: Building now vs. the future around Carson Wentz

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro dive into plenty of topics, starting with Howie Roseman’s short-term vs. long-term plan to build around Carson Wentz. 

Breaking down the Eagles’ salary cap space. Why trading for Brandin Cooks wouldn’t make sense. The game that showed the Eagles Jalen Mills could play safety. 

Roob hates the new playoff format and plenty more: 

• Building now vs. future around Carson Wentz 
• Breaking down Eagles’ salary cap space 
• Some cap tricks Howie Roseman uses 
• Should Eagles trade for Brandin Cooks? 
• More on Jalen Mills’ position switch 
• And his switch from No. 31 to 21 
• Ronald Darby is heading to Washington 
• Dave’s latest Eagles-only mock changes it up
• Roob hates the new NFL playoff format 
• What the guys are doing to stay sane 

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NFL officially expands playoff format in time for 2020 playoffs

NFL officially expands playoff format in time for 2020 playoffs

The NFL has officially expanded its playoff format to 14 teams in time for the 2020 season. 

Starting with this upcoming season, the playoff field will expand from 12 to 14 teams, allowing one more wild-card team from each conference. 

Here are a few of the major points of this new format: 

• The AFC and NFC will each have seven playoff teams, but just the top seed from each conference will have a first-round bye in the playoffs. 

• In wild-card weekend, the other 12 teams will play — the No. 2 seeds will host 7s, the No. 3 seeds will host 6s and the No. 4 seeds will host 5s. 

• For this upcoming season, wild-card weekend will have three games on Saturday, Jan. 9 and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10. 

• One of the additional wild-card games will be on CBS on Jan. 10 at 4:40 p.m. The other will be on NBC on Jan. 10 at 8:15 p.m.

This is the NFL’s first expansion of the playoff format since the 1990 season, when the field went from 10 to 12. 

The Eagles made the playoffs as a division winner with a 9-7 record in 2019 and that would still be an option with this new format. This change simply adds another playoff team in each conference. In the 2019 NFC that would have been the 9-7 Rams. 

If you’re looking for a recent example in Eagles history of how this new format would’ve helped, look back at the 2014 season. The Eagles finished with a 10-6 record in Chip Kelly’s second season but missed the postseason. If this format was around, they would have been the third wild-card team after the 11-win Lions and Cardinals. 

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