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Peters Outstanding Since Return From Surgery

Very quietly, there's an Eagle on offense who is putting together yet another Pro Bowl campaign.

It's offensive tackle Jason Peters.

Last Thursday, there was Peters, a former rookie free agent, battling against a former No. 1 overall pick in Mario Williams. And it was Peters who got the best of Williams time after time again. No sacks. No QB hurries. Most importantly, especially when it comes to Michael Vick, no hits on the quarterback at all.

It's just the latest in a string of performances in which Peters has rounded back into his All-Pro form since undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee back on Oct. 14. Since he returned, Peters hasn't faced any chumps either. He's battled Pro Bowl pass rushers in Indy's Dwight Freeney, Washington's Brian Orakpo, New York's Osi Umenyiora, Chicago's Julius Peppers and Williams from the Texans.

Peters battled through injuries last year, his first with the Eagles. He doesn't think surgery would have made any difference in his play.

"No, I think that I had an OK year. I went to Miami (for the Pro Bowl)," Peters said. "It sucked not getting past the Cowboys in the first round. I wish we could have gone farther in the playoffs."

Peters got to taste the playoffs for the first time in his NFL career last year. This year, Peters thinks the weapons on offense will help this team not only make the playoffs once again, but allow this team to make some noise when it gets there.

"We have so many weapons on offense. We have to mess up for us to come off the field," Peters said. "That's what we have to fix during the week. If we don't mess up, we'll be hard to beat."

Peters will never be mentioned as one of those weapons, but he certainly is. At the very least, he's a neutralizer. And for all of the attention placed on the amount of penalties the Eagles committed last week against Houston - 11 for 85 yards - not one of them was made by Peters.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:10 a.m., December 6

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