LT Peters set for his Eagles return
Jason Peters’ wait to return to Philadelphia’s starting lineup
Peters is set to return to the offensive line and play three
quarters Saturday night against Jacksonville. Peters missed all of
the 2012 season after he ruptured his right Achilles. He also
missed the first two preseason games because of a sore
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Peters was widely considered one
of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. He spent his first five
seasons with Buffalo before coming to Philadelphia in 2009.
He’s rehabbed on the stationary bike, in a pool, even practiced.
He just hasn’t taken a snap in a live game.
Back on the field for the first time in more than a year, Peters
said he’s ready to go. He just needs to work on his conditioning to
get into game shape before the Sept. 9 opener at Washington.
”I play so fast, so hard,” Peters said Wednesday. ”You only
can go so long. You’ve got to get your body in shape. That’s what
I’m going to do Saturday and what I’ve been doing since Day 1 of
Peters was awarded nearly $2 million in July in a lawsuit over a
rolling walker which he says broke and caused him to reinjure his
torn Achilles tendon. The lawsuit said Peters was using a
Roll-A-Bout knee walker in March 2012 when it broke below the
handlebar, three weeks after his initial surgery.
He’s put the lawsuit behind him and is focused on football.
The Eagles’ depleted offensive line was a broken-down mess in
former coach Andy Reid’s final season. Right tackle Todd Herremans
missed time with a dislocated bone and ligament damage in his right
foot. Center Jason Kelce and right guard Danny Watkins also missed
games because of injuries. Left guard Evan Mathis was the only
starter to play 16 games.
Behind a makeshift line, Michael Vick was sacked seven times in
a midseason loss to New Orleans.
With the line healthy and Peters eager to settle in at left
tackle, Vick should be under less pressure this season. Coach Chip
Kelly named Vick the starter this week. Peters said a healthy,
energized line should make the difference in Vick returning to star
”I see Mike as a Pro Bowler,” he said. ”You see what he did
when he had his offensive line. He got his big contract. He went to
the Pro Bowl. If you ain’t got your offensive line as a
quarterback, your play’s going to drop a little bit.
”He fumbled the ball, also. But that all comes from not having
your starters protecting you.”
The Eagles allowed 48 sacks last season while they stumbled to a
With the line so shaky, it’s no wonder the Eagles didn’t lean as
much on running back LeSean McCoy, a gamebreaker who was all but
invisible inside the red zone last season.
Peters is trying to lead in the locker room, as well, already
setting a pretty lofty goal for his rebuilt line.
”Try to be the best,” he said. ”Try to give up the least
sacks ever in Eagles’ history, that’s the first goal, and try to
get a championship. We’ve got an athletic line, if we come
together, we’re going to win games.
”Because it’s going to start with us.”