The Birds were doomed before the 2012 season even started when perennial All-Pro LT Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon on two separate occasions during the off-season. Consequently, Peters was sidelined for the remainder of the Eagles’ historically awful 4-12 campaign.
Well, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has announced that Peters will return to the Eagles on April 1st when the coaching staff is reading to start working with players.
Kelly did not have any new information regarding the status of Eagles C Jason Kelce or RT Todd Herremans, who were both placed on the Injured Reserve (IR), with Peters, in 2012.
The Eagles’ gaping voids at both tackle positions were horribly obvious all season long, as proven scrubs King Dunlap and Demetress Bell bobbled around the field aimlessly in an attempt to protect their quarterback. Too bad they were both wildly unsuccessful in their embarrassing protection attempts, as QBs Michael Vick and Nick Foles were both continuously chased and pummeled weekly.
I will not be surprised if the Eagles bypass offensive linemen early in the 2013 NFL Draft considering the squad has a very solid o-line when everybody is healthy. On the other hand, the Eagles may be planning for the future considering Peters and Herremans are surely getting up there in age.
While the Eagles will certainly need hasty returns by Kelce and Herremans if they want to thrive in 2013, the return of Peters has without a doubt the most impact.
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