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Jason Peters' injury is getting better in the short-term, but poses a long-term problem

This is concerning.

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There's good news and bad news about the status of Philadelphia Eagles starting left tackle Jason Peters, according to a report from Les Bowen. The good news is that the back injury Peters suffered in Week 7 is getting better in the short-term. Peters has been a limited participant in practice this week and said he has a "50-50 shot" of playing. The bad news is that Peters' condition is degenerative in the long-term.

It's fair to wonder how much football Peters has left in him. The 12-year veteran turns 34 in January, and a degenerative injury certainly going to help him extend his career. On the other hand, Peters is incredibly tough and a freak athlete, so who knows. Peters has apparently acknowledged he might need to finish his career at guard. It doesn't seem likely that Peters would change positions during the season, however. For now, Lane Johnson will continue to fill in for Peters at left tackle until the veteran returns.

Looking ahead, Peters has a $9.3 million cap number in 2016. If he retires or gets released, the Eagles would have a savings of $6.3 million with $3 million left in dead money.

No matter what happens with Peters, it goes without saying that the Eagles will need to address their offensive line this offseason. The team hasn't spent a pick on a blocker since the 2013 NFL Draft.

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