Saints' Rankins, Eagles' Cox, Brooks hurt
Both teams were hit hard with injuries during the first half of Sunday's divisional playoff game in New Orleans, starting with Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks getting carted off minutes apart.
NFL Network reports Rankins -- who the Saints ruled out before halftime -- is believed to have torn his Achilles, putting him out for several months.
A separate NFL Network report states Brooks' season is likely over with a serious lower-leg injury. The Eagles officially ruled Brooks out in the second half.
Meanwhile, Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox hurt his foot early in the second quarter while trying to stop a Saints fake punt that converted a fourth-and-1. The team deemed him questionable to return, and he came back for the final few plays before halftime. However, he left again in the fourth quarter and was again ruled questionable to return.
Left tackle Jason Peters also left in the fourth quarter and was ruled questionable to return with a back injury.
Philadelphia also saw defensive ends Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett and cornerback Rasul Douglas leave during the second quarter, though Graham and Bennett each returned quickly. Douglas was ruled questionable with an ankle injury, but came back on the field after halftime.
Cox was named first-team All-Pro this season, while Brooks was named to his second straight Pro Bowl.
Rankins posted a career high with eight sacks in the regular season.
--Field Level Media