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Nov. 27 key date in Peters return

Mark Nov. 27 down on your calendars.

Nov. 27 key date in Peters return

Eagles tackle Jason Peters battles the Dolphins´ Jason Taylor as Michael Vick gets caught in the middle. (David Maialetti  / Staff Photographer)
Eagles tackle Jason Peters battles the Dolphins' Jason Taylor as Michael Vick gets caught in the middle. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Mark Nov. 27 down on your calendars.

On that date the Eagles will have to make a decision on whether to active Jason Peters to the 53-man roster or place the tackle on season-ending Injured Reserve. There are several steps that need to be taken before the Eagles get to that point, and Peters, of course, has a ways to go before he can even be considered healthy enough to return this season.

But a possible Peters return is a flicker of light for an Eagles team that could use any kind of spark.

"There's a chance," Reid said of Peters playing this season. "You saw [Terrell] Suggs go through this thing. Now the difference is Jason's had two of these [injuries]. I'm not going to put him at risk."

Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in late March and then again a month later when he fell off a crutch-scooter. Suggs injured his Achilles around the same time, but the Ravens linebacker's rupture wasn't deemed a complete tear. He returned for the first time this season on Sunday at Houston.

Reid said that Peters, who was spotted on Monday running through light agility drills on the practice field, was "making progress."

"He's moving around, running, doing some agility things, but not ready to go," Reid said. "He's got time here. ... He's not ready right now." 

The Eagles have until Nov. 6 to decide if Peters, who is on the Non-Football Injury List, can start practicing. They would then have another three weeks, up until Nov. 27, to decide if they'll activate the all pro left tackle. Much could depend on how the Eagles are playing at that point and if it would be worth activating Peters.

Even if Peters isn't ready to play in late November, they could keep him on the active roster so that he would be eligible to play in the playoffs, if applicable.

Reid confirmed Wednesday that King Dunlap was back at left tackle. While it is safe to assume that Dunlap was starting again because of Demetress Bell's poor play against the Lions, Reid said the fact that Dunlap's hamstring was 100 percent played more into the decision.

"The big guys are pushing around big guys, and so there's more to it than just running," Reid said. "Does he have his full strength back? Can he be effective? Are you putting him in a bad position where now he's pushing on another big body and all of sudden that thing tears ... then you're taking steps back? And we had a player that can play and it all worked out fine."

-- Reid said that safety Nate Allen (hamstring) would practice -- "Give him an opportunity to practice and see how he does," the coach said. If Allen can't play Sunday against the Falcons, Colt Anderson or David Sims would fill in.

-- Defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who practiced for the first time Monday, will wear pads for the first time since last season and practice. Reid said that Patterson, who has three weeks to prove he can be activated, would not play Sunday.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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