UPDATE: Disregard the original story below. Peters reportedly DID tear his ACL after all. Out for the season. Terrible news.
Multiple media members are reporting Eagles left tackle Jason Peters did NOT suffer a season-ending ACL injury in Philadelphia’s victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Instead, it sounds like Peters may have “only” suffered an MCL tear.
Sense I got post-game is Eagles believe Jordan Hicks is done for year but that Jason Peters may not be as badly as feared, pending MRI— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 24, 2017
Jason Peters looks like an MCL, but MRI Tuesday is needed to properly assess.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) October 24, 2017
From late last night: Early word on Jason Peters’ injury is MCL tear in right knee, per source, but #Eagles won’t know until tests today.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 24, 2017
If there is some bit of encouraging news on OT Jason Peters, Eagles do not believe he tore his ACL, per source. MRI this morning to see.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2017
The bad news is that Peters will likely miss time if he has an MCL injury. The good news is he might not be out for the season as originally feared.
As Adam Caplan notes, Peters might be ready to return in time for the playoffs depending on the severity of the MCL tear. Unlike an ACL injury, Peters could avoid surgery and instead go through rehab.
We’ll have more information on Peters’ status once he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, the Eagles could be set to start Halapoulivaati Vaitai at left tackle while keeping Lane Johnson at right tackle. Or they could flip. Doug Pederson didn’t openly commit to a plan there just yet.
If Peters is going to miss a significant amount of time, the Eagles could look to add more tackle depth to their roster. Isaac Seumalo is currently the top backup behind Johnson and Vaitai. Converted tight end Dillon Gordon is on the practice squad.
There are some tackle options in free agency (Branden Albert, Will Beatty) and the trade market (Cordy Glenn, Duane Brown) but the Eagles might want to go with their internal options for now, especially if Peters can return later this year.
Stay tuned for more updates.