Wasting little time after announcing that Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon, the Eagles have lined up free agent tackle Demetrius Bell for a visit this weekend, an NFL source said Friday.
One potential problem: Bell is currently visiting with the Steelers and may not leave Pittsburgh without a contract. The 27-year-old Bell has also drawn interest from the Cardinals, Packers and Redskins.
Howard Eskin of NBC10 first reported Bell's visit.
The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Bell has logged 30 starts at left tackle over the last three seasons. He took over for Peters after the Bills traded away the perennial Pro Bowler in 2009. Bell missed part of last season with a shoulder injury.
If Bell doesn't make it here, the Eagles could pursue the 32-year-old Kareem McKenzie or Marcus McNeil, formerly of the Chargers, as possible replacements for Peters.
Peters ruptured his Achilles on Tuesday while training in Texas. The injury occurred while he was participating in a football drill, according to a source close to the situation. He will have surgery on Tuesday at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.
Eagles center Jason Kelce said he saw Peters today at the NovaCare Complex.
"I saw him talking to the doctors, so I went up to him and asked him if anything was wrong and he told me about the Achilles," Kelce said. "Actually, his spirits were a lot better than I thought they would be. Obviously, he had a few days to let it sink in."