Jason Peters has suffered a devastating blow to his comeback attempt. The Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Pro left tackle has re-torn his Achilles' tendon, according to Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly. Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout when the device broke and he fell down and suffered an injury.
Peters initially tore his Achilles' tendon on March 27, prompting the team to sign his successor from Buffalo, Demetress Bell. Bell was inked to a five-year deal worth up to $35 million, although the provisions of the contract made it seem as though it would likely be a one-year deal.
Now, Bell may stick around, especially if Peters is unable to heal and be the same player that made five straight Pro Bowls and four straight AP All-Pro teams.
Pro Football Focus rated Peters as the best offensive tackle in the NFL in 2011, scoring nearly twice as high as the next-closest competitor. He is a stellar run-blocker and a terrific pass-protector, and his ability to get downfield on screen passes made him an asset for running back LeSean McCoy.
The Eagles signed Peters to a six-year deal after the 2008 season. Few people realize the risk Andy Reid took. Peters was widely considered to be one of the elite left tackles in the business, but he was coming off a miserable 11.5-sack season, while Tra Thomas was a rock at left tackle.
Still, Reid let Thomas go and locked up Peters in a move that would prove to be extremely valuable in helping the Eagles gain one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses.
Peters’ deal expires after 2013. He is all but certain to miss the entire 2012 season, and he may not be at full health heading into next season. If he isn’t, the Eagles may go with Bell again or longtime backup King Dunlap. Maybe fifth-round rookie Dennis Kelly will even develop into a solid starting tackle by that point, although that’s doubtful.
Peters probably wouldn't have contributed at all in 2012, so this freak accident doesn’t destroy the Eagles' season. But in terms of the career of a tremendously talented football player like Peters, it’s a devastating injury that could render him ineffective.