Friday, March 30, 2012

Eagles lose All-Pro Peters to Achilles injury

The Eagles have announced that All-Pro 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 April 3 in Philadelphia and will be performed by Dr. Steve Raikin of the Rothman Institute.

It's a nine to 12 month injury and Peters will likely miss the entire 2012 season.

"As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "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.”

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