The Philadelphia Eagles lost left tackle Jason Peters to a gruesome knee injury during Monday Night Football. With their season potentially hanging in the balance, and the Buffalo Bills with an abundance of tackles, it could be just the thing both teams need.
Here’s the injury. While many were fearing the worst, after the game the prognosis was getting better and better. Philadelphia media icon Les Bowen reports the team believes is may only be an MCL injury, and Peters might make it back for the playoffs pending MRI results. It looked a lot worse on video.
Terrible injury to Eagles tackle Jason Peters: pic.twitter.com/EyRfsIVYhK— Jared Christopher (@JaredLChris) October 24, 2017
The 6-1 Eagles are poised to go on a major run this season and top the NFL standings. Peters is 36 years old. Right now, Brandon Gowton of SB Nation’s Bleeding Green Nation believes the Eagles have options at the starting left tackle spot for now.
“Halapoulivaati Vaitai filled in during Peters’ absence. It’s possible the Eagles could keep him there moving forward,” wrote Gowton as Monday turned into Tuesday on the East Coast. “Otherwise they could choose to move Lane Johnson to the left side and stick Big V at right tackle.”
Buffalo has a glut of tackles. While most teams keep three or four on the roster, Buffalo has five. If the injury is significant enough that the Eagles don’t think Peters can return to form this season or maybe ever, they could potentially swing a game-breaking trade for Cordy Glenn.
Glenn has a major contract and rookie Dion Dawkins filled in when Glenn was sidelined with an injury. Buffalo’s handling of Glenn suggests they’d be willing to part with him for the right compensation and he’s the cornerstone Philadelphia could build on.
If Peters’ injury is shorter-term, say an MCL injury as Bowen said, Philadelphia could look to add Seantrel Henderson or even Jordan Mills on the cheap as a backup option. Henderson can play both sides of the line and Mills could allow Lane Johnson to slide over.
For the Bills and their crowded stable of offensive tackles, it could mean an opportunity to get something of value in return. We know the phone lines to Philly are open; just this August, Buffalo traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a draft pick. This could be the second major trade between the two clubs in two months.