Reid On Jason Peters: ‘There’s A Chance’

The prospect of left tackle Jason Peters returning during the regular season seems more real than ever.

“There’s a chance,”Andy Reid acknowledged on Wednesday.

Peters is running and doing some agility work, heightening optimism that he could play in 2012. The Eagles have until November 6 to put him on the practice-eligible list. They have three weeks from placing Peters on the list to activate him to the 53-man roster. There’s a  decent chance that Reid uses all of the allotted time before making a move.

The 6-4, 340-pound veteran ruptured his Achilles twice this offseason — the first while working out in Texas back in March, then again in May when the  Roll-A-Bout he was using to get around allegedly malfunctioned.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs recently returned to the field just five months after suffering a similar injury. There is one key difference, however.

“You saw Suggs go through his thing. Now the difference is, Jason has had two of these,” said Reid. “I’m not going to put him at risk, that’s not what we’re going to do. We’re going to make sure the doctors are on board, that Jason is on board, and then we go from there. If he’s physically able to be there, that’s OK. But I’m not going to do anything to risk further injury to him.”

The offensive players are keeping an eye on the Pro Bowl tackle’s progress.

“It sounds like J.P. is doing alright,” said Michael Vick. “Hopefully he’ll continue to make progress. We have one of the best training staffs in the league, and they are going to do a good job to get him back.”

Todd Herremans said he doesn’t want to make Peters feel like he is being pressured, but checks in with him periodically to get status updates.

“Seems like everything is coming along well,” said Herremans.

“Anytime you can add somebody with phenomenal talent like that it’s going to improve [your unit]. We can’t really bank on that. We have to go out and win right now with who we’ve got.”

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  • yatin

    After scapegoating Juan, I don’t doubt for a second that Andy would at least consider rushing Peters back, knowing his job is on the line. Let’s hope he does what’s right by Peters

  • Reyco

    The other really big difference is that JP is an offensive lineman and their knees take an even larger beating and twisting than a linebacker’s. He’ll need to come back at a much stronger point in the rehab than Suggs.

    • deg0ey

      Fortunately he has an ankle injury and not a knee injury. An OL generally doesn’t need as much flexibility in the ankle because they’re not expected to cut/change direction quickly.

  • morgan c

    I’d take a limited Jason Peters any day…

  • knighn

    If I’m reading this right, the Eagles wouldn’t need to add Jason Peters to the 53-man roster until around November 27. With this, they wouldn’t even need to push him in practice or make him part of the active, game-day roster, at all, if he wasn’t ready. However, if he is even close to 100%, the Eagles can plug him in there and let him go all “Jason Peters Hulk Mode” on puny DEs! “Jason Peters SMASH!!!”

  • BlindChow

    Any word on his lawsuit against the scooter company? When I heard the Eagles were cutting his salary, I figured Peters could be getting that money back as a “lost wages” part of that suit…