By Harvey Hoffman
Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks was forced out of yesterday game against the Seattle Seahawks due to an illness related to anxiety, and today addressed what happened:
“I’d like to address what happened yesterday,” he wrote on Twitter. “I woke up, and did my typical routine of morning vomiting. It didn’t go away like it normally does, but I figured it would calm down once I got to the stadium. It did, but I felt exhausted. The nausea came back, and I tried to battle through it and went out for the first drive. The nausea and vomiting came back until I left the field, and tried everything I could to get back for my teammates but just wasn’t able to do it.
“Make no mistake, I’m NOT ashamed or embarrassed by this nor what I go through daily. I’ve had this under control for a couple of years, and had a set back yesterday. The only thing I’m upset about is that when my team needed me, I wasn’t able to be out there with and for them. Lastly, I appreciate the support of my coaches, teammates and fans. It doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Brooks has missed five games during his career as a result of anxiety-related illness. Before yesterday, the most recent absences came in 2016, when he missed two games in three weeks.
He was diagnosed with an anxiety condition and began to take proactive measures, including seeing a psychologist once a week. He went a full two-plus seasons without missing a game.