The Philadelphia Eagles today announced left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in his right leg on Tuesday, March 27, while training in Texas.

Surgery to repair the tendon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 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 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.”

facing 9-12 months of rehab, Peters is certain to start the season on the PUP list -- if not miss the entirety of 2012. Peters was graded by Pro Football Focus as the best left tackle in football last season and in my opinion was the team's most best player outside of LeSean McCoy.

The Eagles were finally healthy along the offensive line and had the same five guys entering camp together - this injury changes that.

Backup King Dunlap represents a weak link an offensive line that figured to show continued improvement, but reports are that the Eagles are already looking at free agency.

The Birds will bring in former Bill tackle Demetrius Bell, one of the top left tackles available in free agency right now for a visit.  San Diego Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill has also been mentioned as a replacement.