The Philadelphia Eagles were holding onto a slim hope regarding offensive tackle Jason Peters, believing he may not have torn his ACL. The tests were run on Tuesday morning.
Unfortunately for Peters and the Eagles, the results were not good.
“Sources: The Eagles did not get good news,” wrote NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “LT Jason Peters tore his ACL and MCL, his MRI revealed. They had hoped just MCL.”
Rapoport notes that they’d hoped it was only the MCL, and that fits with reports from earlier on Tuesday morning, before the results of the tests were known.
“If there is some bit of encouraging news on tackle Jason Peters, Eagles do not believe he tore his ACL, per source,” wrote ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “MRI this morning to see.”
“From late last night: Early word on Jason Peters’ injury is MCL tear in right knee, per source, but Eagles won’t know until tests today,” wrote Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Now that the reality of the injury is known, it’s worth mentioning that age is a factor here. Not only do older players have a harder time coming back from injury, but there has already been speculation that something like this may push Peters into retirement.
“The 2017 season is over for Eagles LT Jason Peters, who will be 36 next season,” Rapoport added. “With ACL recovery, a long road ahead for a great player.”