Eagles will explore options at left tackle with Jason Peters out

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed King Dunlap, primarily a backup for them in the past, and the club will further evaluate options in free agency and the draft as they deal with the possible loss of left tackle Jason Peters for the 2012 season.

The club announced earlier today that Peters is sidelined after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon while working out in Texas. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday and while coach Andy Reid would npot speculate on a timeline in comments released by the club, it’s certainly possible Peters will miss the entire season.

“As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon. He had been working out in his hometown in Texas when this occurred. He alerted (head athletic trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and they quickly put together a plan of attack for his evaluation, surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.

“We all know how much Jason loves to play the game and how much he was looking forward to the start of the 2012 season. Jason is one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackle in the NFL. We don’t know when he will return to the field and we will not speculate on a timeline. We are just going to let the surgical process and the rehabilitation process play itself out.

“(General manager) Howie (Roseman) and I will sort out the roster situation for the offensive line. We are glad to have King back as a part of our offensive line and we will continue to scan the free agent market, also knowing the draft is less than a month away.”

At the minimum, the Eagles will probably have to look at some left tackles on the market, players that will come with some injury baggage most likely.

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