In Chip Kelly’s new, fast-paced system, it is even more crucial to keep quarterback Michael Vick upright, and left tackle Jason Peters is charged with that task. It’s important to note that because Vick is left-handed, Peters isn’t the “blind side” tackle, but the massive former Arkansas Razorback (can you imagine him playing tight end in college?!) is needed for his protection nonetheless.
With that said, Peters stated publicly on Tuesday that he has been affected by a dislocated finger, and even told Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com that he had to “adjust hand placement” and that he “couldn’t really grab” opposing defenders with his affected hand.
In the same piece from McManus, Peters is quick to note that he won’t be missing any time due to the injury, but it is impossible to ignore this type of setback for a crucial offensive piece. Multiple reports had Peters with his fingers taped up at practice on Tuesday, and without rest, it’s apparent that the injury won’t be healing on its own due to the normal wear and tear of an NFL campaign.
What does it all mean? Well, in the grand scheme, the swings of impact could be quite large. If Peters can manage the pain and play at the same level that Philly is accustomed to, then it will be a non-issue. However, if his play slips, it could mean less “room” for Vick and the offense to operate in. This is certainly something to monitor moving forward.