PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks has revealed that he left Sunday’s loss against the Seattle Seahawks early due to his anxiety condition. In a tweet on Monday, Brooks says he “did his typical morning routine of vomiting but it did not go away like it normally does.”
— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) November 25, 2019
He went on to say that when he arrived at Lincoln Financial Field, he calmed down but felt exhausted and then the nausea returned.
Brooks said he tried to battle through it during the Birds’ first drive but he was unable to shake those feelings.
“The nausea and vomiting came back until I left the field, and I tried everything I could to get back for my teammates but wasn’t able to do it,” Brooks wrote. “Make no mistake I’m NOT ashamed or embarrassed by this.”
The note ended with Brooks mentioning he has had his anxiety under control for a few years and yesterday was a setback.
The only thing he said he was upset about was that his team needed him and he was not able to be there with them.
Head coach Doug Pederson says Brooks has done a great job managing his anxiety condition.
“This is real life for him and this is serious. It’s something he battles with every single day and he does a great job managing that,” Pederson said.
Many people replied to Brooks’ tweet with support for the right guard and thanked him for being open about his anxiety issue.
We love and support you. Thank you for being so open about your anxiety, it helps so many people more than you could ever know. 💚💚
— Carly (@nuclearcarly) November 25, 2019
Take care of you first. Eagles Nation is behind you! Love you lots! 💚💚💚
— Brooklyn (@Brookie425) November 25, 2019
We all believe in you and love you big guy. Take as much time as you need
— Owen (@Plunancie) November 25, 2019
After signing with the Eagles in 2016, Brooks revealed that he had an anxiety condition after he missed two games during that season.
Brooks recently signed a four-year, $54.2 million contract extension through the 2024 season, and was named one of the top offensive linemen in the league.
There is no word yet if he will be back for the Eagles game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.