Earlier on Tuesday, several reports indicated Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters suffered an MCL tear but not an ACL tear. But now that the MRI results are in, it turns out that Peters did suffer both MCL and ACL tears, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. This means Peters, who turns 36 in January, is done for the season. And possibly for his career.
Awful, awful news.
Losing Peters is such a big loss for the Eagles. In addition to still playing like one of the best offensive tackles in the league, Peters means so much to the team in the locker room. This really sucks.
With Peters out, the expectation is that the Eagles might keep Lane Johnson at right tackle and have second-year player Halapoulivaati Vaitai fill in for Peters. Vaitai has made seven career starts since being selected in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Eagles have suffered some real significant losses this year. Peters, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, and Chris Maragos are some of the team’s biggest leaders and most important players.
Philadelphia is off to a great start this year at 6-1 through their first seven games. Their next challenge will be continuing to win despite missing some of their key pieces.
UPDATE: Doug Pederson officially confirmed Peters and Hicks will be out for the season.