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Peters: We Should Have Been More Aggressive

Left tackle Jason Peters had full participation in Thursday's practice and said that he expects to be ready for the Monday night showdown against the Redskins.

Peters injured his knee and ankle midway through the first quarter of last Sunday's loss to the Redskins. The All-Pro was replaced by King Dunlap who saw the first extensive regular season action of his young career against an All-Pro in Richard Seymour. Dunlap surrendered one sack, but the offensive line as a whole was victimized to the tune of six sacks. In the first four games of the season, the Eagles gave up just six sacks.

If the Raiders provided the blueprint for how to beat the Eagles offense, Peters said think again.

"We just had a bad game. If another team thinks they can do what the Raiders did, then they are sorely mistaken," Peters said. "It was just one of those days. It was a long trip. We didn't bring our game. We should have been more aggressive. That's stuff we can fix.

"I wouldn't call it a wake-up call. It was things we did. We didn't take care of our business. You can call it a wake-up call, but it's stuff we did that made it look like they had a game plan. If you look at the film, we did (it to) ourselves and they took advantage of it."

Peters can help set the tone for the Eagles in their first game against an NFC East rival. Peters will matchup against Andre Carter, who leads the Redskins and is sixth in the league with 5.5 sacks this season. That is why Peters wanted to be back out at practice with his teammates on Thursday.

"It's very important. It's a conference game," Peters said. "That's why I went out there and tried to get myself right for Monday night. That's what you live for, to get an NFC game against one of your rivals and get a win against them."

In addition to the return of Peters, the offensive line should be fortified by the return of left guard Todd Herremans. Looking to play for the first time this season, Herremans had full participation in Thursday's practice as well. Herremans underwent surgery in August to repair a stress fracture in his foot. Herremans returned to the practice field for the first time last week.

Herremans was a member of last year' USA Today All-Joe Team, which honors NFL players whose work doesn't garner headlined but is integral to the success of their team.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 6:46 p.m., October 22

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