When the Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent tackle Demetress Bell it was with hopes that he would be a one year replacement at worst while Eagles tackle Jason Peters recovered from a ruptured Achilles suffered back in late March while working out near his home in Texas.
Now, according to CSNPhilly.com's Derrick Gunn, it would appear that Bell may be needed a bit longer.
Gunn reports tonight that Peters has once again ruptured his Achilles tendon after the Roll-A-Bout he was using malfunctioned causing Peters to fall on his face and re-injure the Achilles. This required Peters to have a second surgery and set back his recovery by nearly a month, all but guaranteeing that any chance Peters had of returning even late in the 2012 season is gone.
The Eagles have obviously tried to prepare for this with the signing of Bell but the drop-off from Peters, voted first team All Pro at tackle last season, is hard to overlook.
One of the biggest issues for the Eagles is how that drop-off will affect the play of quarterback Mike Vick. Obviously, the left tackle does not protect the blindside for Vick, who is left handed, but having pressure that causes Vick to take off and run may arguably be even worse.
The Eagles will only go as far as their veteran quarterback is going to take them and the more he is forced to scramble outside the pocket the greater the chances of injury. After an up and down 2011 campaign punctuated by various injuries to their starting quarterback, (ironically, Vick injured his neck while staying in the pocket against the Falcons, but the point still stands...) the Eagles need to keep Vick upright if they are going to have any chance of reaching their goal of bringing a Super Bowl championship to the city of Philadelphia.