Stoutland Expects Peters to Fight Through Latest Injury
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Typically Eagles assistant coaches leave the injury reports for Doug Pederson but when it comes to Jason Peters offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was willing to offer up a personal opinion.
The 36-year-old left tackle suffered a torn biceps against the New York Giants and although the early indications were positive, according to Pederson, just about everyone assumed Peters would miss a week or two.
Not so fast.
"I don't think he's going to miss any time, personally," Stoutland said when asked about what the plan would be against Carolina on Sunday.
"... That guy is a warrior. You know how he is. He keeps playing and playing and playing."
Peters is coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2017 season prematurely and has dealt with a quad issue that has cost him some time this time around. Now, it's the biceps as the future Hall of Famer tries to fend over Father Time.
"He seems like he's always playing against the best player on the field," Stoutland said when discussing Peters' performance, which hasn't been up to the veteran's typical standards.
Currently, ProFootballFocus.com has Peters as No. 35 of the 74 tackles who have played enough to be graded, certainly competent but nowhere near the top 10 status he has often enjoyed.
If Peters is unable to go against the Panthers, Halapoulivaati Vaitai is expected to step in a unit which has experienced some ups and downs early in the season with Isaac Seumalo replacing Stefen Wisniewski as the starter at left guard and Lane Johnson struggling through an ankle injury.
"We've got a long ways to go," Stoutland said of his unit. "You could have said the same thing to me at this time last year. I think we're getting better each week."
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