Coach Doug Pederson called Peters (knee) his "starting left tackle" last week, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Peters indicated prior to the Super Bowl his plans to continue playing in the 2018 season after tearing his ACL and MCL in October, and Pederson obviously still has full confidence in the veteran left tackle. The 36-year-old's contract has him as a viable option to be a cap casualty, but Peters is deeply respected across the board in the Eagles organization. Halapoulivaati Vaitai started at left tackle in his absence, but it appears at this point that Peters is likely to remain in the picture for Philadelphia in 2018.
Peters (knee) plans to play next season, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "They hadn't asked me, but I'm going to be back," Peters told reporters Monday when asked about his future with the Eagles. "Step out on a limb, if they don't want me, I'm still going somewhere."
Peters is adamant about returning for his 15th NFL season, even after sustaining tears to his ACL and MCL back in October. The veteran is under contract with the Eagles through 2019, but the NFC Championships may opt to move on from Peters should he be slowed down from the injury. Peters said he expects to be ready for practice in June but may hold out until training camp to fully participate. The Eagles have given Halapoulivaati Vaitai the reins at left tackle since Peters injury, and the 24-year-old may serve as a cheaper alternative next season if the team finds itself on a tight budget.
Peters underwent surgery Friday to repair ACL and MCL tears in his right knee, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Peters was placed on injured reserve last week and will miss the rest of the season while recovering from the procedure, which could limit his activity by the time training camp rolls around next summer. Given the extensive recovery timetable he'll face and his advanced age (he'll turn 36 in January), Peters' time as one of the NFL's elite left tackles could very well be over.
This was the expected move after Tuesday's MRI revealed that Peters sustained tears to both his ACL and MCL. The veteran left tackle will require surgery in the near future and was replaced on the 53-man roster by offensive tackle Taylor Hart. Halapoulivaati Vaitai likely will get first crack at left tackle for the Eagles with Peters done for the year.
Peters (knee) underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed he suffered tears to both his ACL and MCL, effectively ending his season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Eagles were hopeful that Peters had only sustained damage to his MCL in Monday's 34-24 win over the Redskins, but the ACL injury will require the 35-year-old to undergo surgery. A nine-time Pro Bowler, Peters is regarded as one of the NFL's premier left tackles, so his loss is a significant one for an Eagles offense that's blossomed this season under second-year signal caller Carson Wentz. Reserve Halapoulivaati Vaitai is expected to step in at left tackle for the rest of the season in what amounts to a significant downgrade at the position.
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