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Returning from torn ACL, retirement never an option for Eagles' Jason Peters

Returning from torn ACL, retirement never an option for Eagles' Jason Peters

When Jason Peters went down with a torn ACL last October, some speculated the Eagles' left tackle may have played his last down in the NFL. Sadly, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection is used to that kind of talk by now.

"They’ve been saying that since 2012 or ’13, and I just keeping showing up," Peters said while walking off the field at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday, the Eagles' opening practice of training camp and his first full-team workout since undergoing knee surgery.

He was alluding to an Achilles injury that was considered career-threatening at the time, and the numerous observers who wondered aloud about the aging superstar's future with the Eagles over the years since.

Peters turned 36 in January. Even if he can continue to play at a high level — a big if — there's always going to be the question of how much longer he's willing to go. He realizes that.

Just don't expect Peters to bow out gracefully. If and when a time ever comes where the Eagles no longer need or want his services, only then does it sound like the future Hall of Famer plans on considering retirement.

"I’m year-to-year," Peters said. "I love the game. They’re going to have to kick me out for me to leave. I’m going to bring it every year."

With that mentality, he may very well play forever.

“When I hurt my knee, I knew I had to try to get back on the field because I wasn’t going out like that. Right now, I’m nine months today. I’m still working. The doc told me like a year or so but I don’t listen to that stuff.”

Prior to his most recent season-ending injury, it's not as if Peters was just getting by. He was still performing at the highest level, as arguably one of the best offensive linemen in the league. Despite the bum knee, it would seem an odd time to call it quits, no matter how many people were worried about the Eagles potentially saving $7 million — Peters' salary for '18.

When you're this good for this long, the salary cap really shouldn't be a concern.

"Looks like a freak as usual," Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said. "Nothing really changed from that aspect.

“There’s not very many humans like him on the planet earth. It’s fun to watch him, fun to be a witness to it.”

Winning a ring couldn't stop Peters, either. Sure, he wasn't on the field when the Eagles won the Super Bowl last season, a not-so-minor detail quite a few players are using as motivation in '18. Carson Wentz? Darren Sproles? Jordan Hicks? Maybe some of those guys want to feel as though they "earned" it.

But it's not simply another ring that's motivating Peters.

“At the time I got hurt, I knew I had messed something up," Peters said. "I was thinking, ‘You know what, this happened for a reason.’ If I knew I’d blow my knee out and get a ring, I would’ve done it a long time ago.”

Peters is going to play as long as the Eagles will have him, and as long as he can play like he did in '17 before the injury, there's no reason the team will look to move on. And while an ACL is a difficult injury for any athlete to overcome, let alone one approaching his 40s, all the evidence suggests this is a rare specimen, and after years of trying, not somebody folks should be trying to push out the door.

“I have good genes, man," Peters said. "Just work ethic. The drive. I work harder than the young guys. I just try to go in and do as much as I can every day without overworking it because, you know, I am 36. But I don’t pay that any mind.”

For now, neither should anybody else.

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Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Updated: 4:27 p.m.

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three of their most important skill position players as they prepare to face the Lions on Sunday afternoon. 

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert, who were all listed as “day to day” by Doug Pederson on Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. The Eagles actually held a real practice Thursday after a walkthrough the day before. 

It doesn’t seem likely that any of those three will play against the Lions. 

Because the Eagles had a walkthrough on Wednesday, yesterday’s injury report was an estimation. Here's today's: 

Did not practice: 

Alshon Jeffery (calf), DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Dallas Goedert (calf), Corey Clement (shoulder), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back), Johnathan Cyprien (knee) 

Limited: 

Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring) 

Full: 

Nate Sudfeld (wrist), Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf)

Good news for Grugier-Hill, who is taking part in his first real practice since spraining his MCL in August. It’s probably more realistic to expect him to return to action next Thursday night in Green Bay. 

More good news that Barnett, Cox and Gerry were full participants today after being limited to begin the week. 

Cyprien was the only player who was limited to begin the week and didn’t practice Thursday. 

Mailata worked out on a side field today, as did Jalen Mills (foot), who is still on the PUP. Mills won’t be eligible to return until Week 7. 

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NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

The Jalen Ramsey trade winds are blowing strong and the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be in the mix.

Our very own Dave Zangaro wrote about why the Eagles should absolutely kick the tires on Ramsey earlier in the week and not a lot has changed there.

A number of national NFL writers continue to toss the Eagles' name around as a team that could be a landing spot for Ramsey if Howie Roseman chooses to engage. Here's a quick roundup of the latest rumblings regarding the talented but often irksome corner.

Ramsey is expected to play this evening on Thursday Night Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said today that, "tomorrow is a more likely target date for a Jalen Ramsey trade."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said yesterday that the Friday report is "the most artificial deadline in the history of artificial deadlines. There's one deadline, it's Week 9, the trade deadline."

La Canfora points to three teams, "The sense that I'm getting from GMs and personal directors are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia."

He goes on to say that Jacksonville wants two first-round picks but whether they get that sort of return remains to be seen given their cards are all already on the table and their hand is somewhat forced. Still, Ramsey is an incredible talent that will come at a very steep price.

NBC Sports' Peter King echoed some of those sentiments in a tweet today which again puts Philly right in the hunt for Ramsey. "Roseman unafraid, can offer 1+3+SJones," he wrote in a tweet.

I assume that's a first, a third, and Sidney Jones to get the deal done. Would the Philly fanbase be OK "giving up" on Jones so early in his career when he hasn't had a ton of time to show what he's capable of when healthy? If it lands Ramsey, I'd guess so.

Finally, King adds that inquiring teams would want to talk to Ramsey's agent about a new deal which makes total sense if landing him would come at such a big price.

Thursday Night Football should be interesting this evening when Ramsey's Jags take on the Tennessee Titans on national TV. You know Birds fans will be watching for any drama. 

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