Peters Will Push Through Latest Injury
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Father Time is gaining on Jason Peters but can't seem to run the future Hall of Fame left tackle down, at least not yet.
After suffering a torn biceps in North Jersey last week turns out Peters probably won't even miss a practice, never mind a game.
“He’s doing fine,” coach Doug Pederson insisted on Wednesday morning. “He’ll practice.”
That proved to be true as a heavily-braced up Peters reported for duty this afternoon.
The 36-year-old Peters, who is coming off a torn ACL last season and happens to be the second-oldest starting O-lineman in the NFL, has been banged-up throughout this season with a quad injury that cost him most of the game in Tampa and now the biceps which ended his night against the New York Giants in the third quarter.
“He definitely can play,” Pederson said when discussing the latest injury. “There’s no concern with injuring him any further. We have all the confidence in the world in him, and he’ll be ready to go.”
Whether Peters finishes is another matter, however, meaning swing tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai always has to be ready.
Vaitai, of course, replaced Peters in the second half of last season and throughout the playoffs while the TCU product has been in on 26 percent of the offensive snaps so far this season.
There was some thought that the schedule -- Carolina this week followed by Jacksonville in London before the bye week -- would have the Eagles thinking about shutting Peters down until after the break to have him as healthy as possible for the stretch run but that was dismissed by Pederson.
“There’s really no need to [rest Peters],” the coach explained. “We have all the confidence in the world in Jason. He works his tail off each week and gets himself prepared and ready to go. We’re very comfortable with him playing.”
Conversely, right tackle Lane Johnson was not taking part in practice as he continues to deal with an ankle sprain. Pederson indicated Johnson could practice so the handling of the All-Pro is likely a load-management plan with an eye on Sunday and the Panthers.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen