Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Peters Out, Will Todd Herremans Move to Left Tackle?

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Jason Peters #71 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to block against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Just when Todd Herremans seemed to be getting comfortable with the right tackle position, things came crashing down.

Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington News Journal has reported that Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has suffered a ruptured Achilles, which could see him miss the 2012 season. As a result, Todd Herremans could be headed back to the left side of the offensive line.

While left tackle is known as the most important position along the offensive line, you could easily argue that it's not the most crucial for the Eagles. With lefty Michael Vick under center, it was right tackle Herremans who was in charge of protecting the signal-caller's blindside in 2011.

That being said, there is a pretty strong indicator that Herremans will replace Peters at left tackle.

Last season, just as Herremans was getting comfortable with his position on the right side of the line, Jason Peters went down with a hamstring injury. In Peters' absence, Herremans filled in at left tackle and did so effectively.

However, if Herremans does move to left tackle, who would replace him on the right side?

Looking at the roster right now, the answer would appear to be King Dunlap, who was re-signed earlier today by the Eagles.

While Philadelphia were not a candidate to draft an offensive lineman in the first round of next month's draft, this devastating blow to Peters may have turned the tables. The front office will decide in the coming weeks if this injury is enough to look at long-term solutions, or if it's an injury that requires a one-year stopgap.

The silver lining in all of this seems to be that the Eagles' offensive line became one of the league's best units under line coach Howard Mudd. If there's anyone who can solve this problem, it's him.