The Eagles’ offensive line suffered a major setback this week when All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles’ heel while training in Texas. Right now it looks like he will miss the entire 2012 season, but can hopefully return to action in 2013.
The only good news about this devastating loss is that the team has ample time to try and fill this gaping hole in an offensive line that was not all that solid to begin with.
A couple of names that have popped-up as potential replacements are Marcus McNeil and Demetrius Bell. McNeil was a two-time Pro Bowler when he played for San Diego, but he has a history of neck injuries and ended-up on the Injured Reserve list last season after taking a vicious hit to the chin. If he is healthy, this could be an excellent fit as this guy is a regular road grader at 6-foot-7 and 336 lbs.
Bell was the other name that emerged as a possible candidate to take Peters’ place. He started over 30 games for Buffalo over the past three seasons and certainly has the credentials to plug the left side of the line at 6-foot-5 and 307 lbs. Pittsburgh was reportedly close to signing Bell, but given the Eagles’ sudden sense of urgency, they may decide to make a strong play for his services. As an immediate stop-gap, Philly resigned tackle King Dunlap to a one-year deal.
When it comes to the 2012 regular season schedule, we already know which teams the Eagles will play with the AFC Central and the NFC South on the slate along with games against Detroit and Arizona. Each team’s actual schedule will not be released until sometime next month, but the NFL did announce this week that the New York Giants would open the 2012 regular season hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, September 5.
The following is a link to my article taking a closer look at this matchup as originally posted on Bang the Book earlier this wwek.
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