Philadelphia Eagles starting left tackle Jason Peters held himself out of the team's Week 10 game against the Miami Dolphins, according to a report from Howard Eskin. Eskin reports Chip Kelly wanted to activate Peters, but only as a backup. Eskin revealed as much in an appearance on the 94WIP Morning Show, via CBS Philly:
"He was going to dress, but I think Chip Kelly wanted to give me a little bit more rest—which I don’t think he should have," Eskin explained on Tuesday morning. "If he dresses you gotta be able to play, but that’s another story. And he was gonna dress and be available because they’re thin on the offensive line, if anything happens. When Peters was told, ‘Listen you’re gonna dress,’ by Chip Kelly he told him, ‘But I’m gonna use you as a backup.’
"He says, ‘If I’m not starting, I’m not dressing.’ And that was the end of that story."
Peters has been out since suffering back spasms in Philadelphia's Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers. Lane Johnson has been filling in for Peters at left tackle with Dennis Kelly playing at right tackle.
It's odd to see that Kelly was comfortable enough with keeping Peters active but not having him start. If Peters is healthy enough to be active and potentially play, why couldn't he start?
The Eagles could have certainly used a healthy Peters on Sunday. Philadelphia's offensive line really struggled in his absence. Johnson allowed four hits on the quarterback while Kelly allowed two sacks, two hits, and one hurry. The Eagles lost to the Dolphins by a final score of 20 to 19.