Eagles injury update: Jason Peters expected back for Sunday

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Eagles injury update: Jason Peters expected back for Sunday

Jason Peters left Sunday’s game with a quad injury after just five snaps, but head coach Doug Pederson expects to have the future Hall of Famer back in action for Week 17 in Washington. 

At least that’s what they’re planning on. 

“We’ll see today. JP felt good,” Pederson said. “We’ll see how he gets through the walkthrough today. And still would expect him to be in the lineup Sunday.”

Pederson admitted Halapoulivaati Vaitai had his “highs and lows” against the Texans and Jadeveon Clowney once Peters exited the game. That’s been the theme of Big V’s season: highs and lows. And he’s needed to play quite a bit. 

Peters has started all 15 games this season but has missed snaps in eight of them. Pederson acknowledged it has probably been a frustrating season in that regard for Peters. He was listed as one of the players who did not practice Wednesday. 

It was an estimation because the Eagles had a walkthrough: 

Did not practice: DE Michael Bennett (foot), S Corey Graham (illness), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring), T Jason Peters (quadricep), G Isaac Seumalo (pectoral), QB Carson Wentz (back)

Limited: LB D.J. Alexander (hamstring), DT Fletcher Cox (hip), C Jason Kelce (knee), WR Mike Wallace (ankle)

Here are some other injuries notes from Wednesday: 

• The Eagles on Monday officially designated Mike Wallace to return from IR, so there’s a chance he’ll make his return Sunday in Washington, but Pederson says Wallace is day to day. 

“Today’s a walkthrough, so we won’t see too much out of him today,” Pederson said. “We get out there tomorrow and let him run around and see where he’s at. It’s still going to be a day-to-day thing with him. And we’ll make a decision later in the week and see where he is.”

Wallace suffered a fractured fibula early in Week 2 and was placed on IR. Earlier this month, he said he was running and, even though he knew it would be close, hoped to make a return before the end of the regular season. It looks like that might happen. 

• Tim Jernigan played just 17 snaps Sunday but came through the game fine and Pederson said he thinks Jernigan is over the back spam issue that kept him out three weeks after his initial return on Nov. 25.

“We’re optimistic he can handle a little bit more,” Pederson said. 

• The same pretty much goes for Jordan Hicks, who played 66 percent of the defense’s snaps Sunday against the Texans after missing four games. The Eagles eased him back into action. 

“What he was given, he did well,” Pederson said, “and now we can increase that load this week.”

Hicks is set to be a free agent this offseason and it’s a hard one to figure out. Because when healthy, Hicks has been a big part of the team, but he’s struggled to stay healthy. Pederson wasn’t very interested to get into all that today, saying they’re just focusing on the Redskins game. 

• Buuuuuut, Pederson was willing to admit he wouldn’t mind having 35-year-old running back Darren Sproles back in the mix next season. Sproles had previously said this was his final season but now isn’t so sure because of how much time he missed with that hamstring injury. He’s been playing at a high level recently. 

“I think Darren Sproles would be a great addition,” Pederson said. “He’s a great leader. He works hard. He’s a great mentor to a lot of players. I think anybody would love to have a Darren Sproles. I mean, I would.”

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Eagle Eye podcast: A huge extension for Brandon Brooks

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Eagle Eye podcast: A huge extension for Brandon Brooks

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Brandon Brooks’ four-year extension worth over $56 million. 

Brooks will go down as one of the best free agent pickups in Eagles history. Jordan Matthews is back yet again. The receivers could definitely use some help. The secondary looks a little more solid. 

The Eagles find themselves in a good position after the bye.

• Brandon Brooks gets an extension
• Jordan Matthews x3 
• Yes, we’re talking about WRs again 
• The division is there for the taking 
• A look at the secondary down the stretch
• Everyone have a good bye week? 

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Eagles sign Brandon Brooks to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign Brandon Brooks to 4-year contract extension

The Eagles on Monday locked up all-pro guard Brandon Brooks with a contract extension that runs through 2024 and makes him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

The 30-year-old Brooks, who has made a remarkable recovery from Achilles surgery, was already signed through 2020. The new deal runs from 2021 through 2024.

According to AthletesFirst, the agency that represents Brooks, the deal is worth $56.2 million over four years.

That $14.05 million annual average makes Brooks the highest-paid guard in the NFL, just ahead of Zach Martin of the Cowboys, whose six-year, $84 million deal signed last year is worth $14 million per year.

Brooks had been signed through 2020 with base salaries of $8 million this year and $7.5 million next year on his original five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles.

Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said Brooks is having the best year of his career.

I see a locked in guy,” Stoutland said. “I see a guy that’s just zoned in on what he’s doing from each play. I’m very, very happy with his production, with his level of execution and all the technique that we’re teaching him, he applies it all. He’s a smart man.

Brooks suffered a torn Achilles on Jan. 13 during the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Saints at the Superdome.

But he returned to practice the week before the opener and hasn’t missed a step. After playing 54 of a possible 74 snaps in the opener against the Redskins — he rested late in the game once the Eagles had a double-digit lead — he’s played all 564 snaps in the last eight games at right guard.

What’s stood out about Brooks’ miracle recovery?

The way he just embraced that whole situation and fought through all the adversity and came back with such a positive attitude,” Stoutland said Monday. “I never once saw him down in the tank, worrying about him or ‘why me?’ or any of that. … The approach he had was always positive and, ‘My mission is to get back for that first game,’ and he was able to do that. He’s having the best season of his life right now. It’s a credit to him, it’s well-deserved. He’s a tremendous member of our team. Unbelievable attitude. I love the way he prepares and most especially the way he performs on Sunday.

Brooks, Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Kelce are the only players to start all 46 games the Eagles have played since opening day of 2017.

Brooks initially joined the Eagles in 2016 as a free agent from the Texans, and quickly emerged as one of the greatest free agent signings in franchise history.

He made his first two Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018 in his sixth and seventh NFL seasons and is on track to make a third straight.

No guard in Eagles history has ever made three Pro Bowls. Brooks, Shawn Andrews and Evan Mathis each made three.

The Eagles now have 26 players under contract through 2021, 14 through 2022 and five through 2023. Brooks is the only player on the roster signed through 2024.

On the offensive line, Isaac Seumalo and Andre Dillard are signed through 2022 and Lane Johnson and Kelce through 2021.

Jason Peters and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are currently due to become unrestricted free agents after this season.

Among those under contract through at least 2021 are Carson Wentz, Miles Sanders, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Malik Jackson, Avonte Maddox and T.J. Edwards.

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