Jason Peters has a dislocated finger on his left hand and it has definitely been affecting his performance as of late. The Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle suffered this injury in the team’s Week 1 opener on Monday night against the Washington Redskins. He seemed to reaggravate this injury during last Thursday’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last week, Peters faced a premier pass rusher in Tamba Hali and Tamba made him look like a rookie rather than an all-pro. The left tackle allowed five quarterback rushes and gave up one sack in Philadelphia during Week 3.
It is not like Peters is unfamiliar with going against high caliber pass rushers, but he has not performed quite like himself the past few weeks. He is continuing to feel soreness in this injured finger and he is still getting used to playing with the digit taped up.
This is not good news for Eagles fans. Nor is it good news for Shady.
Lesean McCoy favors running behind the blocking ability of Jason Peters. The Birds will face the top ranked rushing defense in the Denver Broncos this Sunday. If they cannot get the run game going a lot of pressure will be placed on Mike Vick and the passing attack.
As we have seen before, Vick doesn’t always make the best decisions when under pressure. Who knows how he will react in the high altitude of Denver and a lack of oxygen flow to the brain. If the Eagles can’t limit the time Peyton Manning is on the field, it will be another long week for them.
Hopefully Peters has adjusted his hand positioning with his fingers being taped during their ten days of rest. Hoping is all we can do when facing such a tough opponent on the road.