That’s the first thing that I thought when the Eagles announced Friday that All-Pro LT Jason Peters ruptured his achilles during a workout on Tuesday. The injury will require surgery and all but guarantees that Peters will miss the entire 2012 season.
The Eagles clearly had the best line in the NFC East last season, if not the entire conference–that just changed.
The Eagles return four others starters along the offensive line (assuming there are no other injuries which is probably not a safe assumption), but Peters was their best lineman and probably the best left tackle in football last season.
The Eagles went to great lengths to keep their line in tact this offseason by re-signing guard Evan Mathis and extending tackle Todd Herreman’s contract. And those moves look now even more important in the wake of the instability created by Peters’ injury.
It’s just brutal news that halts the positive momentum the Eagles had been building this offseason.