Rumors had been circulating Friday morning that Philadelphia Eagles starting OLT Jason Peters suffered an Achilles recently.
Later on Friday, the team announced Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in his right leg on Tuesday, Mar. 27, while training in Texas. Surgery to repair the tendon is scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 2, in Philadelphia and will be performed by Dr. Steve Raikin of the Rothman Institute.
“As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon. He had been working out in his hometown in Texas when this occurred. He alerted (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and they quickly put together a plan of attack for his evaluation, surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.
We all know how much Jason loves to play the game and how much he was looking forward to the start of the 2012 season. Jason is one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackle in the NFL. We don’t know when he will return to the field and we will not speculate on a timeline. We are just going to let the surgical process and the rehabilitation process play itself out.
Howie and I will sort out the roster situation for the offensive line. We are glad to have (backup OT) King (Dunlap) back as a part of our offensive line and we will continue to scan the free agent market, also knowing the draft is less than a month away," head coach Andy Reid said.
With Peters likely to miss most if not all of the 2012 season, the Eagles have a few options within their roster to replace the veteran offensive lineman.
Starting RT Todd Herremans could move to LT, where he has started five games in his career. If that takes place, Dunlap, who re-signed with the team on Friday, could compete for the right tackle job. Even so, the team figures to sign at least one RT or LT for depth/competition.
Peters, 30, is coming off perhaps his best season in the NFL.
The best available left tackles in free agency include: Marcus McNeill, Demetrius Bell, and Max Starks. McNeill (neck), if medically cleared to play, would fit in well with offensive line coach Howard Mudd’s scheme.
If Herremans moves to LT, the best available RTs left in free agency include: Kareem McKenzie, Starks, Tony Pashos, Marc Colombo, Sean Locklear, Barry Richardson, and Brandon Keith.