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Eagles OL Brandon Brooks 'excited' about Pro Bowl honor, though he's 'here to try to get a ring'

Brandon Brooks reacts to his Pro Bowl bid; updates on Patrick Robinson and Stefen Wisneiwski; Eagles to rest more this week

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks (79) is going to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks (79) is going to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.Read moreYONG KIM/Staff Photographer

During Brandon Brooks' interview with reporters on Wednesday, running back Kenjon Barner interjected and asked Brooks for an autograph.

"I just want a Pro Bowler's signature," Barner joked.

It was a way of congratulating Brooks on being named to his first Pro Bowl. The 28-year-old right guard was one of six Eagles who earned the honors Tuesday night.

"I was excited, but, at the same time, I'm here trying to win it all," Brooks said. "Individual accolades are all well and good, and, like I said, I am excited. [It's] great to accomplish. But overall, I'm here to try to get a ring."

Brooks thinks he played at a Pro Bowl level last season, too, when he missed two games because of an anxiety condition. He has not missed a game this season and has played 99 percent of the offensive snaps.

"He's played extremely well," coach Doug Pederson said. "He's been real consistent. One of our top offensive linemen this season obviously by grades. He just continues to impress and improve. He's definitely one that's well-deserving of this award."

Brooks joined tight end Zach Ertz, right tackle Lane Johnson and quarterback Carson Wentz as first-time Pro Bowlers. Safety Malcolm Jenkins earned his second bid, with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox going for the third consecutive year.

"I'm excited for the six guys,"  Pederson said. "It's a great team honor, too, to be selected."

Ertz was not the only one in his family to be honored this week. His wife, Julie Ertz, was named U.S. Soccer female player of the year on Wednesday.

Robinson still sidelined; Wisniewski improving

Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson remains in the league-mandated concussion protocol after suffering one during Sunday's win over the New York Giants.

Offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski is "getting better" after missing the Giants game with a sprained ankle, coach Doug Pederson said, but Wisniewski is "still day-to-day."

Chance Warmack would start at left guard if Wisniewski cannot play Monday against the Oakland Raiders. Jenkins would likely slide over to slot cornerback if Robinson is absent.

Doug Pederson gives his players more rest

Pederson modified the practice schedule this week to give the players more rest. The Eagles will begin practicing on Thursday, but they will have a walkthrough on Friday instead of a full practice. They will be back on the practice field Saturday for their final session of the week.

"We've had a tough three games on the road," Pederson said. "I feel like the best way to keep our players fresh and ready to go is to kind of back down just a touch and to do more walkthroughs this week. Try to keep them as healthy and fresh as we can."