Eagles Briefs: Could Jason Peters return this season?


Could injured left tackle Jason Peters return to the Philadelphia Eagles this season? He says that his recovery is progressing nicely, with the Pro Bowl tackle now running and “doing everything” following tearing and then re-tearing his Achilles this spring.

It’s a huge “if”, but the reality of the situation is that Peters was not placed on IR, instead featured on the non-football injury list.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

Andy Reid says about the possibility, “It’s a long stretch, but we haven’t ruled it out.”

Per Les Bowen,

a source close to the situation said the team absolutely sees a realistic chance, though the source emphasized Peters still has a lot of recovering to do…”

For there to be any chance of a return, the timeframe would be something like this:

Peters can be activated anytime between Week 6 and Week 9, and then would have 3 weeks of practice before the Eagles would either have to put him on the 53-man roster or IR. We are in Week 5. From what the source said, it would seem the Birds are looking at the very outer edge of that timeline, and maybe even at carrying Peters on the 53 for a few weeks before he’s really ready to contribute.

Would the Eagles risk a setback for Peters, who still wouldn’t at be himself, at the tail-end of the season when the o-line has already worked together for the majority of it? I can’t see it.
Corniness reigns in the ‘Burgh

The Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry is as much a product of the significant regional differences between the cities as much as it is about sports. That said, I’m guessing that corniness reigns on the other side of PA based on wideout Antonio Brown’s comments about Brandon Boykin.

Said Brown,

“That’s the candy bar. He’s given up a lot of plays. Whoever gets that guy definitely has to take advantage.”

Cool, I like candy–what kind?
Great. Fine. He’s a rookie. You’re trying to talk trash. So if you’re going to try to intimate someone, then bring it. A candy bar?
Boykin’s phone blew up from friends and family members wanting to know if he had heard about Brown’s remarks. He’s touched to have an admirer and will address the 2011 Steelers MVP on the field.
“That’s funny to me. For someone to call me out, I guess that means they taking notice of my play, that they want to go after me. I want that. I welcome that challenge. If they want to come at me, I’m going to continue to get that work.”
Good man.
In truth, Boykin isn’t the only member of the Eagles’ secondary that Brown could have challenged (though with a comment better than “candy bar.” For the love of God, man). The unit has suffered some critical miscues in recent games. A corner with far more experience than Boykin by the name of Nnamdi Asomugha continues to raise concerns about what he can and can’t accomplish in his role in the defensive backfield.

Vick could have been a Steeler

Well how about this–the landscape for Sunday’s game could have been very different had Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had his way. As it turns out, Tomlin was very interested in signing Mike Vick in 2009.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Tomlin knew all about Vick’s talents. Both were born in Newport News, Va., and Tomlin coached twice annually against Vick when he was the secondary coach at Tampa Bay and the quarterback played for the division-rival Falcons. Plus, Vick was mentored by Tomlin’s former coach in Tampa Bay, Tony Dungy, during his time in prison and after his release.

What prevented the move? The Rooney’s had no interest in attracting the negative attention that initially followed Vick, particularly when the team was basking in the glow of a Super Bowl win. Add to that the fact that the criminal tendencies of his own quarterback against women were beginning to come to light via the filing of civil case from a woman in Nevada. According to Tomlin,

“Given some of the things that my quarterback was going through, I didn’t think it was the appropriate time to add another quarterback to the mix.”

All’s well that ends well. Vick wouldn’t have gotten an opportunity to start in Pittsburgh and we’re quite found of him here in Philadelphia. Vick is a good fit for the Eagles as well as for this city. Can you imagine him in a Steelers uniform? *shudders*

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