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Eagles OL Brandon Brooks carted off with serious leg injury

Brandon Brooks

The Philadelphia Eagles had gotten off to a great start against the New Orleans Saints in their Divisional Round playoff matchup on Sunday, but an injury to offensive lineman Brandon Brooks put a serious damper on things.

Brooks appeared to injure his leg in the first quarter, and the cart had to be brought out for him as a result:

Brooks has been one of the best offensive linemen in the league over the last couple of years, making back-to-back Pro Bowls.

The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Miami (Ohio), was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the third round (76th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He played in just six games with the Texans during his rookie campaign before becoming Houston’s starting right guard in 2013. Brooks proceeded to play the first four years of his career with the Texans before signing a five-year, $40 million contract with the Eagles in March 2016.

Also, here is a funny story: the pick that the Texans used to draft Brooks was actually acquired in a March 2012 trade with the Eagles in which Houston dealt DeMeco Ryans and a third-round pick to Philadelphia. And who did the Eagles draft with that third-round pick? None other than Nick Foles.

Brooks immediately started at right guard for the Eagles in 2016, and in 2017, he played a full 16-game campaign for the first time in his career and made the Pro Bowl. He then repeated that performance this year.

The winner of the Saints-Eagles game will take on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game next weekend.