Jason Peters Re-Injured and All the Eagles Latest News

Over the course of the past week, there have been several newsworthy items come out regarding multiple Philadelphia Eagles players.  In case you’ve missed anything, here is the latest and greatest in Eagles land…

Jason Peters re-injures his Achilles tendon


Apparently this is the now infamous Roll-A-Bout Peters was using. Photo: sportsgrid.com

This is some unfortunate news for Eagles fans.  I didn’t expect Peters back for the 2012 season after he initially ruptured his Achilles tendon in March, but I was expecting him back for the 2013 season.

Now, that could be in doubt after re-injuring the tendon when the “Roll-A-Bout” device he was using collapsed and he fell.  There aren’t many cases to look at for comparison when an NFL offensive lineman ruptures his Achilles not once, but twice.

In other words, Peters’ case is a rarity.

However, all hope is not lost.  According to this article from Les Bowen, an orthopaedic surgeon who works in sports medicine for Philadelphia’s Rothman Institute says that there is no reason to think Peters can’t play again.

In essence, the re-injury has set him back anywhere from three weeks to three months but that it shouldn’t be career-ending.

Also, to add some insult to his injury, word came out today that it appears Peters will lose some contract money because his injury is being determined to be “non football related.”  Therefore, he could be subjected to being placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) list.

Not to worry though, Peters plans on suing the manufacturer of the Roll-A-Bout device he was using when he sustained the re-injury.  Assuming he wins (or at least settles), he’ll likely get compensation for pain and suffering as well as lost wages.

That should off-set any money he loses this year but it may not compensate for future monies earned if this injury does, in fact, end his career.  However, we have other reasons to hope for a full recovery and return to action by Peters.

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Willie Colon ruptured his Achilles in the summer of 2010 and returned at the starter in 2011.  Unfortunately, he suffered a triceps injury in Week 1 that knocked him out for the season again, but as far as his Achilles was concerned, he was ready to go.

In 2004, Redskins OT Jon Jansen suffered the same injury and returned in 2005 to start all season and ended up playing well enough to earn second-team Pro Bowl status.

Obviously, neither player suffered this kind of set-back in their recovery, but hey, it’s all I got!

Peters will be 31 years old when the 2013 season starts, so as long as he has a successful recovery, he still has at least a few years of good football left in him before his skills begin to decline.

However, if I were the Eagles, I might get an early start on scouting offensive tackles in the 2013 NFL draft.

LeSean McCoy contract talks are “heading in the right direction”

LeSean McCoy and Andy Reid

McCoy might beat the money out of Reid…Photo: the700level.com

Andy Reid, who spoke with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia recently, had this to say in regards to the ongoing contract talks with the Eagles’ star running back:

“Well we’ve had him up here the whole time, so he’s been here working out,” Reid said during a visit on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “He and I have talked. I can’t share that with everybody, but I will tell you it is heading in the right direction. That’s all I can tell you.”

He knows we appreciate him and we are working through those negotiations and I think good things will happen.”

This is more good news and there’s no reason to think a deal won’t get done by training camp (hopefully before).  After freeing up salary cap space with the Asante Samuel trade, the Eagles have plenty of room to extend Shady.

With the offseason the Eagles are having, McCoy’s extension is the last piece of the puzzle and will complete a series of excellent personnel moves made by the team this year.

Kurt Coleman is penciled in as the starter at strong safety

Kurt Coleman

Coleman doing his best Dawkins impression. Photo: nj.com

Well, he’s been named the starter for the full-team OTAs coming up, that is.  However, I find it interesting that they’ve chosen Coleman already over Jaiquawn Jarrett, last year’s second-round pick.

Best case scenario here is that Reid is just “starting out” with Coleman because he was the starter last season and has more experience.  The worst case scenario is that Reid already thinks Jarrett won’t be good enough and was thus a wasted draft pick (already).

Reid usually likes to give his higher-round draft picks a chance early-on so this isn’t encouraging news if you’re hoping for Jarrett to live up to his draft status.

Especially after Reid had this to say after drafting the Temple product last year:

“You’re getting a very explosive hitter,” Reid said of the 54th overall pick in the draft.  “When you talk about people who can come up and smack you, he’ll come up and smack you.”

It’s kind of hard to smack someone from sideline, don’t ya think?  Maybe he can come up and smack Reid for drafting him at least a round too early.

Jarrett struggled last season after having his rookie year stunted with the NFL lockout.  In limited playing time last year he failed to impress, which could be the reason he’s starting out as second-string.

However, it doesn’t mean he’ll remain with the second team.  Training camp is where the real position battle will take place.  If he can comprehend the defense enough to where he can just play rather than have to think about it, he could easily overcome the feisty but underwhelming Coleman.

The 2012 rookie class impressed at rookie mini camp

Mychal Kendricks

Mychal Kendricks received most of the attention. Photo: bleedinggreennation.com

You can read the above link for most of the details so I won’t rehash them here.  The key things to note are that Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin were all very impressive, even if only in shorts.

Especially Kendricks, as observers raved about his athleticism for the duration of camp as he put on a good showing with his coverage abilities.

Not that being impressive in May carries over to August and September, but it’s a good start.  It keeps the positive mojo going that surrounds a draft class that I’m expecting significant contributions from in 2012.

Osi Umenyiora tried to rekindle the twitter war with LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy and Osi Umenyiora

Lady GaGa and Mr. Softee. Photo: bleacherreport.com

I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but if not, here is what Osi tweeted on Mother’s Day:

“Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!”

To which McCoy only responded:

“Lol let the beef begin.”

Sounds like the 23 year-old McCoy took the high road this time over the 30 year-old Umenyiora.  The tweet  was not a big deal but it became a news sensation during this slow period of Eagles news.

If anything, it just provides us with sophomoric entertainment and perhaps adds a little extra something to the Eagles/Giants rivalry.  Otherwise, “nothing to see here folks, move along.”

DeSean Jackson pulled over on his way to his own charity event

DeSean Jackson

Nice car! Photo: tmz.com

And, he was apparently treated “rudely” by the officer even though he seemed to recognize who it was.  The cop pulled Jackson over for having tinted windows and suspicion of driving under the influence.

TMZ also reported that:

A witness on the scene tells TMZ the trooper was very rough towards DeSean and was yelling at him the entire time. The witness says DeSean never gave the trooper an attitude and followed his instructions at all times.

The best thing about this non-issue is that DeSean kept it a non-issue by acting maturely and not giving the officer an attitude back.  Therefore, he was let go without being ticketed and was able to make his way to his event.

His event, by the way, was for the DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, which he created after his father died from it in 2009.

Say goodbye to FB Owen Schmitt and say hello to Stanley Havili

Stanley Havili

Our new FB, if we keep one? Photo: gcobb.com

Schmitt, who took over fullback duties for the Eagles early in 2010 after Leonard Weaver went down with that horrific injury, has signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.  He was a free agent after this season and the Eagles showed no interest in re-signing the 27 year-old journeyman player.

That has opened the door for 2011 seventh-round pick Stanley Havili to lay claim to the starting fullback job.  Apparently, Andy Reid indicated that “it’s his job to lose.”

I’m sure that’s exciting news for Havili himself, but in reality it’s nothing for fans to get all that worked up about.  Not that Havili isn’t any good, it’s just that the Eagles seem to be phasing out the fullback position.

I recently wrote about the possible extinction of the fullback position due to the dramatic reduction in offensive snap counts from 2010 to 2011.

Consider this (per Pro Football Focus): In 2010, Owen Schmitt played in 33% of the team’s offensive snaps.  In 2011, that number dwindled down to just 16%.

Not coincidentally, 2011 was the first year of implementing the offensive line scheme of Howard Mudd.  During most of Mudd’s time in Indianapolis, the Colts did not utilize a fullback.

Now, it’s entirely possible that the reduction in snap count for the fullback was more due to the limitations of Schmitt rather than the presence of Mudd’s scheme.  Perhaps a more athletic fullback such as Havili will make Reid add more plays to the playbook.

However, that’s hardly a given.  If an already seldom-used position took a 50% reduction in the amount of snaps from 2010 to 2011, and the fact we use a scheme that appears to not historically utilize a fullback, I have to wonder if the Eagles will even keep a fullback on the roster this year.

Marshall Faulk thinks the Eagles will not make the playoffs

Faulk appears to be basing his entire decision on this because of Juan Castillo.  Here is what he said when asked on NFL Network if the Eagles will make the postseason:

“I’m going to say no,” Faulk said. “Regardless of how many changes you change, [the Eagles] haven’t made a decision on how [Juan Castillo is] going to call defense. Juan Castillo, when you move from the offensive line [to the defense], this has never been done.

How many changes you change?  What the hell does that mean?  And he’s a year late on the whole “it’s never been done” thing too.  Did he forget that the Eagles still had eighth overall ranked defense last year?

The defense had its problems last year but when your offense turns the ball over with the frequency the Eagles did, it makes it that much harder to be an effective defense.

So basically, who cares what Faulk says?  Frankly, it doesn’t matter what anyone says — good or bad –  at this point.  Things have a way of changing dramatically between May and September.

But to say a team won’t make the playoffs simply because of the play calling of a defensive coordinator entering his second season, is, well, a bit short-sighted to say the least.