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Offensive Line Injury Update

Friday, April 5, 2013 17:40
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Jason Peters’ injury in the 2012 offseason proved to be a bad omen for the upcoming season

The Eagle offensive line’s struggles in 2012 were well documented, and much of the unit’s poor play can be attributed to the season ending injuries of left tackle Jason Peters, right tackle Todd Herremans, and center Jason Kelce. Can they be counted on in 2013?

Of those three players, Herremans suffered the least severe injury after going down with a tendon injury and dislocated bone in his ankle. He sustained the injury on November 5, five months ago today. The Eagles always expected him to be a full go for OTAs and minicamps, and the last time Herremans updated his status was almost a month ago, when he said he was “a few weeks away” from receiving the green light from team doctors. As an above average (but not elite) guard or right tackle, Herremans’ status for training camp or the regular season is not in doubt. His length and athleticism make him a solid fit in Chip Kelly’s system, and he should be penciled into a starting role, either at right guard or right tackle.

Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles’ tendon twice last offseason, the latest incident occurring in May. While foot and ankle surgeon Phillip Kwong said that the second tear was career-threatening at the time, Peters claims he has been 100% since the end of the regular season. By all accounts, his recovery has gone quite smoothly besides the freak re-torn Achilles’ back in May. As a 31-year-old, it’s hard to say whether or not Peters will ever regain his All-Pro form, but he should be good to go as the team’s left tackle in 2013.

Jason Kelce is the only member of the offensive line whose return from injury is not imminent. He suffered a complete MCL tear and partial ACL tear on September 16, but surgery was successful and he started running in February. He is reportedly a “full-go” in the training room and weight room, but has yet to be cleared for all football activities. Kelce conceded that he expects to miss the first minicamp, but hopes to be ready for the second. He appears to be 4-8 weeks away from receiving full clearances, and should be a full participant in training camp and beyond. Chip Kelly has centered certain plays around an athletic center, and if Kelce can return from injury at full strength, he could provide a big boost to the running game.

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