Jason Peters did not have the type of dominant performance Thursday that we have come to expect from the left tackle. Matched up with Tamba Hali for much of the game, he yielded five quarterback hurries and gave up a sack. Hali is a good pass rusher, but Peters is used to handling good pass rushers.
Part of the issue is that Peters is working with a dislocated finger on his left hand. The injury happened in the opener against Washington (he left that game briefly) and he aggravated it Thursday against the Chiefs.
“I had to adjust a little bit because I had to tape up three of my fingers and I couldn’t grab,” said Peters. “I had to adjust to Tamba in the second half with my hand placement and stuff because I couldn’t really grab him with my outside hand. I just had to adjust as far as settling down and start using it a little bit better than I did in the first two quarters.”
Peters had a couple of his fingers taped together at practice on Tuesday and said the digit is still sore. The 6-4, 328-pound Pro Bowler believes that it is something he will have to get used to.
“This is going to be all season,” he said. “I’m just going to have to deal with it, and I’m going to deal with it and adjust with it.”
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