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Jason Peters thinks he can play this season

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Eagles left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in March, had it surgically repaired, and then ruptured it again in May. Describing his offseason like that, you might think that it goes without saying that Peters won’t play until the 2013 season.

But Peters says that’s not necessarily the case. Asked by reporters today if he has realistic hopes of playing this season, Peters answered, “yeah.”

I’m running, doing everything,” Peters said. “I’m taking it day by day.”

The Eagles put Peters on the non-football injury list, rather than injured reserve, so it’s still at least theoretically possible that he could return to the active roster this season. The Eagles have the option of allowing Peters to start practicing between Week Six and Week Nine and then putting him on the 53-man roster after three weeks of practice. Eagles coach Andy Reid is leaving open the possibility that that could happen, and that Peters could play in the postseason.

It’s a long stretch,” Reid said. “But we haven’t ruled him out.”

It sounds like a major stretch. If Peters plays before the 2013 preseason, it would be one of the most surprising comebacks from an injury the NFL has ever seen.

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16 Responses to “Jason Peters thinks he can play this season”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Oct 4, 2012 7:56 PM

    he can come back for the superbowl against revis and the jets..

  2. otissor says: Oct 4, 2012 7:58 PM

    Eagles need all the help they can get with that awful O-line…although Vick is indecisive and asks for a lot of the beat downs.

  3. sb50 says: Oct 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    I wouldnt want him to re injure it a 3rd time, but wow if he can come back this season that would be HUGE

  4. thesmartest1 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:10 PM

    All or nothing. Coming back this year would clear up the draft at least.

  5. judsonjr says: Oct 4, 2012 8:17 PM

    Really he may have played his last game for the Eagles.

    If not, he will have to negotiate before next year as he’ll almost be up to $11M (+3M more than 2012) and the Eagles are already over next year’s cap.

  6. newagerocker says: Oct 4, 2012 8:38 PM

    He’s too good for them not to want him back. He’s a major reason why McCoy had the year he did last year. Don’t get me wrong McCoy is a special talent but Peters tied up the defenders and made some nice holes for him.

  7. mancave001 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:44 PM

    I wouldnt want him to re injure it a 3rd time, but wow if he can come back this season that would be HUGE
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    Not if he’s not the same player. :(

  8. jssgriffi says: Oct 4, 2012 8:54 PM

    Getting him back in the playoffs would be sick!

  9. EJ says: Oct 4, 2012 9:09 PM

    I remember when Peters was a Tight End and the coaches in Buffalo put him on the Offensive Line at LT. I remember training camp at St. John Fisher, watching Peters completely dominate at the Tackle position. Nobody could get by him, and anyone that tried to take him on during a running play would get laid out. Had Peters been put in the Tackle position earlier in his career, he would have been a top 10 draft pick. Its too bad Buffalo had to let him go, he was special. I don’t know much about the injury he has and whether or not its going to hinder his performance in the near future, but the sooner Philly can get him on the field the better.

  10. greymares says: Oct 4, 2012 10:17 PM

    he’s a special player i wouldn’t put it past him, the man went from a former tight end to one of the best left tackles in the game. If he says theres a chance then i beleive thers a chance

  11. randallflagg52 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:38 PM

    jssgriffi says:Oct 4, 2012 8:54 PM

    Getting him back in the playoffs would be sick!

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    IF the Eagles make the playoffs…

  12. sb50 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:54 PM

    Not if he’s not the same player.

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    True, but a decent and somewhat healthy peters is wayyy better then a healthy bell or dunlap

  13. sjoyner59 says: Oct 5, 2012 5:08 AM

    best player in the league at his position

  14. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 5, 2012 6:47 AM

    This guy is was the best LT in football last year. Would LOVE him back. As for being over the cap next year, I don’t think Howie Roseman is worried about it. The Eagles are salary cap geniuses

  15. phillyforlife says: Oct 5, 2012 6:51 AM

    judsonjr says: Oct 4, 2012 8:17 PM

    Really he may have played his last game for the Eagles.

    If not, he will have to negotiate before next year as he’ll almost be up to $11M (+3M more than 2012) and the Eagles are already over next year’s cap.
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    Imagine that another poster on here that has no clue.
    Fact is the Eagles have the most cap space of any team with $20.2 million. Please do your home work.

  16. cleverbob says: Oct 5, 2012 8:01 AM

    I don’t see the benefit. Just getting back on the field would be an amazing achievement, but what could you expect out of him coming off such a severe injury and out of football shape? He’s a 330-350 lbs man, not a 200 lbs defensive back.

    Being too aggressive just increases the risk of re-injury, and could possibly disrupt an o-line unit that (thinking optimistically) would have gelled by that late in the season.

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