Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Wednesday morning that left tackle Jason Peters had arthroscopic surgery - a knee scope - during his three-week absence, but Peters will return to practice today.
Peters, 37, missed the last three starts before the bye week with a knee injury. During that time, rookie Andre Dillard has filled in.
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"He'll practice today and we'll see where he's at at the end of the week," Pederson said. "He had that done to take care of that."
Whenever Peters is ready to return to game action, which could be this weekend against the Patriots, he will take back his starting gig. In six starts this season, Peters has played the entire game just twice.
Here were a few other injury notes from Pederson on Wednesday:
• Wednesday was the first time we've talked to Pederson since DeSean Jackson had core muscle surgery and went on IR. Pederson said the initial decision to avoid surgery was Jackson's, as was the decision to have it at this time.
Since the first question on Wednesday was about Jackson, Pederson's took his time with a complete statement:
In DeSean's case, listen, there has been a lot of discussion with DeSean from the moment he came out of the Falcons came to the decision to play in the Bears game to surgery. And we talk a lot with the player, we talk a lot with our medical staff. We even talk to external sources, third-party people who have expertise in this area. I'm not the doctor, nor did I look at MRIs or X-rays or any of that. And DeSean, listen, DeSean busted his tail electively to try to get it fixed himself, to get it rehabbed and come back. He busted his tail, he was cleared to play, he felt good. And for me, as the coach, I listen to the player, I listed to what his body is telling him.
Everything was a go. And then he felt something in the game, pulled him out as I said after the game for precautionary reasons, we had it checked again and then we went down the road of surgery. Which, again, communication with him, the player again, it's elective by the player. We support this decision, we support DeSean. He wants to be out there with his teammates. It's unfortunate that this happened, but it did. Injuries are a part of this game and reoccurrence of injuries are a part of this game. With that being said, that's where we're at.
• Nigel Bradham (ankle) is improving but isn't quite ready to practice, according to Pederson. He'll likely be running on a side field.
"He is feeling better," Pederson said. "Optimistic that there's a chance for this game.
It is worth noting, though, that recently when Pederson expresses optimism but the player doesn't practice, that player doesn't play. We'll have to see if Bradham practices at all this week. If he doesn't, it's more likely he'll be back after this week.
• Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is "day to day," according to Pederson. Before the bye week, Jeffery left the game against the Bears early.
"It (the bye week) helped him," Pederson said. "He's still sore. A lot of guys are still sore. But it helped him and we'll see. He's kind of day to day."
• Cre'Von LeBlanc (foot) is still on Injured Reserve and isn't ready to practice yet. Pederson said LeBlanc is "still working."
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