The Philadelphia Eagles are flying high with a 31-17 lead over the Washington Redskins, and barring a comeback, it looks like the Eagles will improve to 6-1 on the season, 1.5 games ahead of the 4-2 Seattle Seahawks.
Of importance to not just the Seahawks, but basically everyone left on Philadelphia’s schedule, is the (presumably) serious injury to star left tackle and arguable future hall-of-famer Jason Peters. The 35-year-old was carted off after his right leg bent at an awkward angle when a Washington player was blocked into him, and he immediately grabbed his knee.
Here’s the video, if you’re curious. (via FG’s own Ben Baldwin)
It’s not too different from the play in which Seahawks LT George Fant tore his ACL after Justin Britt inadvertently collided into his knee. Like Fant, Peters had an air cast wrapped around his leg, his teammates all huddled around him in support.
This is a huge loss for the Eagles, who have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. It could very well change the landscape of the NFC playoff picture if the injury is as bad as it looked. Philadelphia is at Seattle on Sunday Night Football on December 3rd, in what should be a massive game with playoff seeding implications at stake for both teams.
Peters’ replacement is Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a second-year player chosen in the fifth-round out of TCU. The odds of him performing at the level of Jason Peters are quite low.