Could Jason Peters be back for the Eagles this season? Andy Reid did not rule out today.
When Jason Peters tore his Achilles in an offseason workout, it was assumed he wouldn't play this year. Then, when he re-tore the Achilles just days after surgery in a home accident, it was pretty much assured he wouldn't play this year.
However, when the subject of Peters' possible return came up today, Reid did not dismiss it out of hand.
"We'll just see. He's got three weeks here," Reid said. "We'll see how he does here. He's not ready right now. The way that I understood [it] was it's three weeks from today. We'll see. The ninth week is really what it is. Not from today but from Monday or Tuesday, whenever you'd activate him onto that next phase."
Reid says that right now, he is working with the team.
"Jason Peters is making progress. He's moving around, running, doing some agility things but not ready to go. Peters has another three weeks here before he would possibly be able to get back in. Then there's another three weeks [before needing to activate him] so we'll just see how things go from that point."
Since Peters is on the non-football injury list, he can be activated after week 9. And with the recent return of Ravens LB Terrell Suggs from the same injury, there's at least a chance that Peters could play for the Eagles this year.
"There's a chance," Andy told reporters today. "You saw [Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell] Suggs go through the same thing. Now the difference is Jason had two of these. I'm not going to put him at risk. That's not what we're going to do. We're going to make sure the doctors are on board, Jason is on board, and then we go from there. The other guys are playing now and that's what they're doing. If Jason is physically able to be there then that's okay but we're not going to do anything to risk further injury to him."
Now, if we're being realistic, it's a pretty big long shot that Peters will be ready in 3 weeks or really at any point this year. But the mere fact that Reid didn't say "are you kidding me of course he isn't playing this year" is interesting.
And given the state of the offensive line, particularly at LT, we'll take any sliver of hope we can get.