The Eagles are placing 38-year-old Jason Peters in Injured Reserve, ending his season, likely his tenure with the Eagles and possibly his Hall of Fame career.
Peters has been dealing with a lingering turf toe injury and will have surgery on it soon, head coach Doug Pederson said on Friday.
Earlier this season, Peters spent time on IR and missed four games but returned to play the last five. But after just three games back at left tackle, the Eagles moved Peters to right guard and gave his left tackle spot to Jordan Mailata.
Still, Peters was hobbled and has struggled in the last couple of weeks at right guard just as much as he struggled at left tackle in Cleveland before getting moved. In the last three weeks, Peters has given up 15 total pressures and five sacks.
It was hard to watch Peters play this poorly at the tail end of his career and the Eagles finally made the right decision to pull the plug. Peters was a limited participant on Wednesday this week and missed Thursday’s practice.
On Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson hinted that an offensive line switch was coming and now it has. It is expected that Nate Herbig will start this Sunday against the Saints, which means the Eagles will have their 12th different offensive line configuration in 13 games:
LT: Jordan Mailata
LG: Isaac Seumalo
C: Jason Kelce
RG: Nate Herbig
RT: Jack Driscoll
The Eagles initially brought Peters back this season as a right guard replacement when Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles in the summer. In fact, that’s where Peters spent all training camp. But after Andre Dillard tore his biceps and was ruled out for the season the Eagles eventually moved Peters to left tackle with a pay bump.
At the time, it seemed like that was the best move for the Birds to make but since then, Mailata has shown he has the ability to play tackle at an NFL level.
If this is the end for Peters in Philly — and it ought to be — it was a heckuva run. He made seven of his nine career Pro Bowls with the Eagles and will go down as one of the greatest players in franchise history.