Within hours after The Philadelphia Eagles proudly announced that they have agreed to terms with offensive tackle King Dunlap on a one-year contract, the team revealed that left tackle Jason Peters sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon Tuesday, March. 27, in his right leg, while working out in Texas.
According to the Eagles’ press release, Peters’ surgery to repair the tendon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, in Philadelphia and the procedure will be performed by Dr. Steve Raikin, of the Rothman Institute.
“As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon,” said Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid in a released statement. “He had been working out in his hometown in Texas when this occurred. He alerted [head athletic trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and they quickly put together a plan of attack for his evaluation, surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.
“We all know how much Jason loves to play the game and how much he was looking forward to the start of the 2012 season,” he added. “Jason is one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackle in the NFL. We don’t know when he will return to the field and we will not speculate on a timeline. We are just going to let the surgical process and the rehabilitation process play itself out.
“Howie and I will sort out the roster situation for the offensive line,” he continued. “We are glad to have King [Dunlap] back as a part of our offensive line and we will continue to scan the free agent market, also knowing the draft is less than a month away.”
Fortunately for the Eagles, Dunlap was still available as a free agent. The Tennessee native was originally selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (230th-overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Dunlap has played in 38 games (seven starts) over the last three seasons. In his seven contests as a starter, Dunlap performed at left tackle twice and three times at right tackle in 2010, and in two games for the 2011 season, played left and right tackle once.
The 6-9, 330-pound tackle from Auburn joins former tackle great Jonathan Ogden (Baltimore Ravens) and tackle Ben Jefferson (Cleveland Browns) as the tallest players ever to play guard in the NFL, according to Stats Inc.
There is no word about Peters’ availability for the Eagles’ 2012 campaign, but if may be safe to say he will miss the season. If that is the case, the Eagles should not miss a beat with Dunlap in the lineup.