Chip Kelly Expects Jason Peters Back for Dallas Game
Jason Peters's recovery from the back injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Panthers is something to keep an eye on as the team enters its bye week.
The good news is Eagles head coach Chip Kelly expects Peters to be ready for Dallas following the team's Week 8 bye.
"They will see and monitor him this week," Kelly said when asked for an update on Peters on Monday. "I think some of those guys will stay here; those guys that need to stay here will all stay here with [Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer] Chris [Peduzzi] and get treatment. But from what I understand, he should be good to go for next Tuesday.
Peters said he will be "all right" after leaving the Eagles' Sunday night loss to the Panthers with a back injury.
Peters is quite possibly the Eagles best offensive player, and while Matt Tobin filled in and did a decent job, losing Peters would be a huge blow to a team that has had offensive line issues.
"I thought those guys competed," Kelly said when asked about how he thought the offensive line performed. "Two of those sacks were late in the game and we're down two scores and we're throwing and everybody in the stadium knows we're throwing. I didn't put a whole heck of a lot onto those two, but I thought by and large, they fought. But I thought overall, especially after losing [T]Jason [Peters] and then Tobin has to go from right guard, where he has been training, out to left tackle and [G/T] Dennis [Kelly] has to step in. I thought those guys competed and played well."
Peeters has battled injuries throughout the season, but he is by far the Eagles top offensive lineman, having him back for the Dallas game would be a huge lift
Matt Tobin played left tackle with Peters out, Dennis Kelly came in and played right guard after Peters went down.
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Here are some more injury updates to come from Kelly's media availability:
• Speaking Monday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Ryan Mathews tweaked his groin in Sunday's loss to the Panthers: "Ryan hurt his groin on a 22-yard run before he broke the long run and really couldn't go. So Duce was monitoring him on the sideline [as far as] what he could do and what he couldn't do. I think Duce does a great job with those guys, and I have full trust in Duce doing that."
When asked it Mathews, who on six carries had 93 yards and a touchdown, should have a larger role in the offense, Kelly stated: "I just deal with the present case; he's injured right now, and we'll see if he'll be available for the Cowboys game."
• There was a report that wide receiver Jordan Matthews suffered a ligament injury in his hand three weeks ago, when asked if Matthews hand was injured Kelly simply said "No."