Updated Friday, March 30, 2:40 p.m. ET
The Eagles announced Friday that OLT Jason Peters ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg.
The injury occurred March 27 while Peters was training in Texas. Surgery is scheduled for April 3.
Earlier on Friday, the Eagles re-signed OT King Dunlap, Peters’ backup.
Peters, an eight-year veteran, started all 14 games in which he played last season. The five-time Pro Bowler has 97 career starts and has been with the Eagles since 2009. He began his career as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas who signed with the Bills in ’04 .
Peters was named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America’s All-NFL team this past season.
“As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon. 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," head coach Andy Reid said in a statement released by the Eagles.
"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. 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. 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.”
The way we see it
This is a big blow to the Eagles, considering an Achilles injury requires a long rehabilitation process. Peters allowed only 2½ sacks last season and was called for zero holding penalties, according to Stats LLC. The Eagles likely will add a left tackle either via free agency or the draft to help protect QB Michael Vick.