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Jason Peters says he's "100%" and could have played last year

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Leon Halip

Jason Peters was at the NovaCare complex today participating in offseason workouts and took a few minutes to talk to local reporters. Perhaps the most important and encouraging thing he had to say was that not only is he 100% healthy now, he was 100% late last season and could have played.

Peters ruptured his achilles while working out in Texas last January. He then injured again just a few weeks later when a piece of medical equipment he was using to get around in the wake of the surgery malfunctioned. It was assumed at that point that he was done for the year.

In hindsight he was, but Peters said it didn't have to be that way. Had the Eagles been heading to the playoffs, he could have played. However, with the season being over at that point there was really no reason to risk and the coaches actually discouraged him from trying to play.

As for non-injury issues, Peters says he has noticed the increased pace of the offseason program and said that while he hasn't seen what the plans are under new offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, he's confident he can be the same elite player he was under Juan Castillo & Howard Mudd.

It goes without saying that if Peters is 100% as he says, he provides a massive upgrade to the offensive line and relieves the Eagles from absolutely having to take an OT with their top pick.