(NEW YORK) — Even though the NFL offseason is barely underway, the Philadelphia Eagles are already dealing with a devastating injury to one of the their best players. All-Pro tackle Jason Peters has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right leg while working out in Texas.
The 30-year old Peters has made five straight Pro Bowls, including an All-Pro selection this past season. He helped anchor an offensive line that saw running back LeSean McCoy finish fourth in the NFL in rushing, and also helped the Eagles finish fourth in the NFL in total offense.
“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,” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. “Jason is one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackles 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.”
The Eagles’ options in free agency to replace Peters are slim. There are reports that the team has been in touch with the agents of former Chargers tackle Marcus McNeil and former Bills tackle Demetrius Bell.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire