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Philadelphia Eagles: King Dunlap overtakes Demetress Bell at LT

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Left tackle Demetress Bell was signed this offseason to stand in for Pro Bowler Jason Peters after he went down with an offseason Achilles injury. The success of the offensive line is critical for ensuring success for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, and after just one preseason game the Birds decided that change was needed.

During Saturday’s walk through, the towering King Dunlap (6’9, 330) was given the thumbs up to take the starting left tackle position in practice. Tim McManus reports that neither Bell nor Dunlap received an explanation as to the change.

Bell took the news in stride, saying

“No it’s not surprising. It is what it is. If that’s what the coaches say then that’s what it is. It’s not my job to sit there and coach. It’s my job to just play.”

Bell played only 6 snaps in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Steelers but had an unimpressive outing. In fact, he may have been a key reason why Vick injured his thumb. Sheil Kapadia outlined in Birds 24/7 what happened during the play.

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Philadelphia Eagles LT Jason Peters Re-Tears Achilles, Has Second Surgery

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The sense of security the Philadelphia Eagles felt about their offensive line was shaken up earlier this year when Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters tore his Achilles tendon. Peters had surgery to repair the injury and begin the long recovery process, which would likely take all of the 2012 season.

Now comes word that Peters re-tore his Achilles recently and required a second surgery. The setback is said to put him only three weeks behind in his rehab. The timeframe seems rather optimistic but may be a testament to how early it is in the recovery process for Peters.

Roll-A-Bout. Image from company website.

The setback occurred while Peters was using is Roll-A-Bout in his kitchen, a device used to give mobility to those recovering from injuries as an alternative to crutches. The one being used by Peters broke, throwing him to the floor on his face. During the break and fall, he re-injured his Achilles.

Per CSNPhilly, Peters will sue the manufacturer of the Roll-A-Bout for the malfunction.

Most expected Peters to miss all of the 2012 season, but with this additional setback one now has to wonder if Peters will ever be able to return to the NFL even close to the player he was before.

Other Eagles injury updates

Head coach Andy Reid provided the following injury updates:

These players won’t participate in any minicamps or OTAs this offseason S Colt Anderson (knee); LB Jamar Chaney (neck) Mike Patterson (head).

Rookie RB Chris Polk has a hamstring strain and didn’t participate in practice on Monday. DE Maurice Fountain tore his patellar tendon and will need surgery, effectively ending his hopes of making an NFL team’s roster for 2012.,

These players will be at next week’s OTA: Jason Kelce (foot); LB Moise Fokou. TE Brent Celek (sports hernia) will participate but his reps will be limited.

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No Deal for FA Demetrius Bell After Weekend Visit to Philadelphia

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In the hunt for a replacement for injured Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters, who will have surgery for a ruptured Achilles tomorrow, the Philadelphia Eagles are still without a solution.

After a weekend stay in Philadelphia, free agent tackle Demetrius Bell left the city without a deal with the Eagles, per CSNPhilly.  Bell has also visited the Cardinals, Steelers, Packers and Redskins.

Should Bell (6’5, 311 lbs) ultimately end up with the Eagles to replace Peters, it would be a bit of irony. Bell replaced Peters in Buffalo after Peters was traded to Philadelphia in 2009.

Will Bell have the opportunity to step in for Peters once again?

The free agent tackle only played in 7 games in 2011 due to injury. He did, however, start all games in the 2010 season.

The Eagles may ultimately decide not to sign a free agent to step in for Peters and chose to go with King Dunlap as the replacement at left tackle. The Eagles signed Dunlap to a 1-year contract last week.

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