Jason Peters’ offseason has gone from bad to worse.
Derrick Gunn of CSNPhilly.com reports that Peters, the Eagles left tackle who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on March 27, has now re-injured the Achilles in an accident at his home, six weeks after he had surgery to repair the tendon.
According to Gunn, Peters was walking in his kitchen using a device designed to hold up his foot, so that he could get around without putting any weight on his injured Achilles. Unfortunately, the device (perhaps not designed for someone who weighs 350 pounds) broke. Peters fell, re-injured the Achilles and needs another surgery.
The report is short on details about when this accident happened, and the report says Peters’ “recovery was set back three weeks.” But if, as the report says, the home accident was bad enough that Peters ruptured his Achilles again, it would seem likely to set Peters back by more than three weeks. Although Peters had hoped to beat the odds and play this year after his first surgery was deemed a success, a second surgery almost certainly means he will not play at all in 2012.
According to the report, Peters plans to sue the manufacturer of the device.
The injury to Peters — one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen — was a major blow to the Eagles. They signed Demetress Bell to replace Peters shortly after he suffered the injury.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m. ET: The Eagles have confirmed that Peters re-ruptured his Achilles tendon.