Jason Peters Plans to Play vs. Saints
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Panic enveloped Philadelphia Wednesday when Chip Kelly admitted he might have to move his right tackle with the sprained knee and the balky ankle over to the left side if veteran All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters was unable to play through a quadriceps injury Sunday against New Orleans.
By Thursday the big guy evidently ate his spinach and shifting Johnson is no longer in play because Peters plans to suit up against the Saints.
"I'm going to play," Peters told a horde of reporters after practiced ended. “I feel good. I did the whole practice today."
Pressed on whether he was concerned he might have to leave early if the injury gets aggravated like last week against Washington, Peters shot a reporter the death stare before being asked "why" he wasn't concerned.
The veteran then went all Popeye on us.
“Because I am who I am,” Peters claimed, "watch Sunday."
He then abruptly ended the question and answer session before jogging to the locker room.
In individual drills open to the media Peters did look like he was moving much better. Johnson on the other hand was wearing a brace on his bad knee but also plans to go Sunday, developments that will certainly help an embattled offensive line which has been taking on water and getting heavily criticized during the team's 1-3 start.
“We’re not far,” Peters said before he got a little testy with the line of questioning. “We have just got to start getting our chemistry together and getting everything tightened up. Right now we’re in a slump, but we’re not far off from where we used to be.”
In other good news on the injury front, cornerback Byron Maxwell, who is also dealing with a quad injury, was a full participant and confirmed to 973espn.com that he also plans to play Sunday.
"I feel much better," Maxwell said. "I had two days off and things are good. I'm going to play."
Defensive ends Cedric Thornton (hand) and Taylor Hart (shoulder) as well as safety Chris Maragos (quad) were all able to practice again and should be good for the Saints, while defensive end Brandon Bair (groin) and inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) and Kiko Alonso (knee) have not been practicing and are all expected to miss the contest.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen