If there was a surprise among the Eagles' six Pro Bowl selections announced Tuesday, it was the inclusion of left tackle Jason Peters.
Peters has been a force down the stretch for the Birds, pretty much the guy the Eagles thought they were getting when they traded for him last offseason and then signed him to a 6-year, $60 million contract extension. But he battled injuries, chiefly a recurring ankle problem, earlier in the season, missing one game and yo-yoing in and out of the lineup in a few more.
In getting picked, Peters had two advantages that, say, tight end Brent Celek and corner Sheldon Brown (both second alternates) lacked. He plays a position where there aren't a lot of healthy, dominant players in the NFC this season, and he has been there before, twice. One of the mysteries of the process is that once you're in, particularly once you're in more than once, your name seems to get checked off as long as you're still breathing.
"I wasn't thinking about it. I was thinking about winning Sunday. Resting [Tuesday], coming back and getting a win," said Peters, who didn't immediately respond to messages from the team informing him of his selection.
Peters was asked how he would assess his season.
"OK," he said. "Getting into a new system. I'm going to strive to be better next year."
A fine mess
Not only was safety Macho Harris penalized about half a football field for hitting "defenseless" tight end Tony Scheffler after Asante Samuel's interception Sunday, Harris got the dreaded FedEx envelope yesterday informing him of a $7,500 fine for the hit. Harris said he is inclined to appeal.
Michael Vick (quad) did not practice and seems unlikely to play more than an emergency third-QB role again this week . . . Quintin Demps (ankle) did practice and said he plans to play . . . Andy Reid said center Jamaal Jackson will have his torn ACL repaired Tuesday in Alabama by Dr. James Andrews. Left guard Todd Herremans said Jackson "is pretty down. You'd expect him to be . . . He's dealing with it, he's going to through the right steps. He's got a lot of people around him to support him and help him through it. He'll be all right" . . .
The Eagles have signed safety Brandon Harrison and running back Allen Ervin to their practice squad. Ervin replaces P.J. Hill, who was signed to the Redskins' active roster . . . Linebacker Will Witherspoon, thanks to that midseason trade with the Rams, will appear in his 17th game of the season Sunday. The Eagles said he will be the fifth NFL player to accomplish that feat . . . Stacy Andrews apparently will have no role again this week, unless Max Jean-Gilles gets hurt. Andrews said he feels he is progressing.