Brooks Hospitalized, Agholor Inactive
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles suffered another hit on the offensive line Monday when starting right guard Brandon Brooks was hospitalized with an illness and inactive for Monday night’s game against Green Bay.
Brooks’ absence from the lineup further muddied a unit already dealing with the suspension of Lane Johnson and the injury to his replacement Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
Rookie Isaac Seumalo got his NFL start at RG in place of Brooks while LG Allen Barbre kicked out to right tackle to replace Vaitai and veteran Stefen Wisniewski stepped in at left guard.
Meanwhile, in a somewhat ominous sign for Nelson Agholor, the Eagles made the second-year receiver a healthy scratch.
Rookie undrafted free agent Paul Turner, a natural slot receiver who was promoted from the practice squad leading up to this game, was dressed in Agholor’s absence.
With the struggling Agholor out of the rotation, Jordan Matthews figures to see his playing time outside the numbers increased opposite either Dorial Green-Beckham or deep-threat Bryce Treggs when the Eagles are in 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends and two WRs).
Doug Pederson generally uses 11 personnel as his base offensive formation so it will be interesting to see what kind of playing time Treggs and Turner get in the game. When Treggs is on the field, Matthews will stay in his familiar slot role while Turner means he will head outside.
Agholor caught just two balls for seven yards in a Week 10 win over the Falcons before being whitewashed in last week's loss to the Seahawks. His troubles against Seattle, which included an illegal formation penalty that wiped a Zach Ertz touchdown off the board and an egregious drop.
After that game, Agholor admitted to reporters that he was struggling mentally and Pederson said the young receiver met with the team's sports psychologist prior to Thanksgiving.
“Right now, I need to find a way to let go of my mental block,” Agholor said. “I’ve got to get out of my own head. Pressing so much and worried about so many things.”
To date, Agholor has played 85 percent of the team’s offensive snaps yet has managed just 27 receptions for 264 yards through 10 games and ProFootballFocus.com had graded him as the worst receiver in the NFL, No. 119 of 119.
The other inactives for Philadelphia were Vaitai, running back Ryan Mathews (knee), defensive end Steven Means and offensive lineman Dillon Gordon.
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