Eagles lineman Jason Peters was fitted for an air cast and carted off the field after his lower leg was pinned under the body of Redskins defensive tackle Ziggy Hood early in the third quarter. He was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury.
Peters’ teammates swarmed the cart and gave him an emotional sendoff, a nod to the severity of the knee injury and the respect with which the nine-time Pro Bowler is held in Philadelphia.
A 166-game starter across 14 NFL seasons, Peters had been playing at a high level through six and a half games, keying one of the league’s most effective offensive lines.
Peters’ value to a Super Bowl contender cannot be overstated. After struggling as a stand-in for right tackle Lane Johnson in extended action last season, Halapoulivaati Vaitai will now be charged with protecting the blind side of emerging MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
In addition to Peters, linebacker Jordan Hicks suffered an ankle injury in the first half and didn’t return.