Eagles' Jason Peters tore ACL and MCL, ending season

The initial optimism that Jason Peters‘ injury wasn’t as bad as feared has been met by reality, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that an MRI showed the Philadelphia Eagles left tackle tore his ACL and MCL.

Peters, a nine-time Pro Bowler, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Monday night’s win over Washington.

The 35-year-old was surrounded by his teammates as he was carted off the field, and fans at Lincoln Financial Field began chanting his name.

Fans cheer as Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters, second from bottom right, is carted off the field during the second half of Monday’s game against Washington. (AP)

On Tuesday morning, prior to Peters’s MRI, there were reports that the team believed the veteran’s injury was a torn MCL and that there wasn’t damage to his ACL or a broken bone. But the testing revealed the more severe damage; between surgery and recovery, Peters will miss the rest of the season.

Signed by the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2004, Peters spent five seasons with Buffalo before joining the Eagles in 2009. He played in just five games as a rookie, but has been a regular starter since, earning six first- or second-team All-Pro nods.

Another Eagles player, linebacker Jordan Hicks, also suffered a season-ending injury against Washington, as he has a torn Achilles.

Philadelphia, now 6-1, will be moving forward without both. Coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Tuesday that coaches aren’t sure yet who will be the team’s left tackle going forward.

Peters is the second elite left tackle to be lost for the year in Week 7 games; on Sunday, Cleveland Browns star Joe Thomas suffered a torn left triceps.

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