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Doug Pederson confirms both Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the Eagles' season

Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12:57 PM

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson kneels next to injured offensive tackle Jason Peters during a game against Washington.

The happy buzz from Monday night’s Carson Wentz-led vanquishing of the Washington Redskins lasted barely 12 hours. It faded when Eagles coach Doug Pederson stepped to the NovaCare lectern Tuesday and announced that both left tackle Jason Peters and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the remainder of the season.

Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz greets members of Lukas Kusters's family after the Philadelphia Eagles win 34-24 over the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia, PA on October 23, 2017. Lukas died of cancer recently. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photogra
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tosses the football after running for a first down during the fourth-quarter against the Washington Redskins on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham yells to the fans as he leaves the field after the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 34-24 at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz escapes the scrum at right and picks up 17 yarsd for a first down in the 4th quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor and quarterback Carson Wentz celebrte the 10-yard pass and catch touchdown they teamed up on in the 4th quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor makes a leaping catch for a 10-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins sacks Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles defensive back Corey Graham (left) celebrates his fourth-quarter interception with teammate cornerback Dexter McDougle against the Washington Redskins on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles safety Corey Graham intercepts a pass intended for Washington running back Chris Thompson in the 2nd half of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. DAVE MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Despite Washington defenders draped all over him, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz fires a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. Covering on the play is Washington linebacker Zach Brown. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back catches a 9-yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. Covering on the play is Washington linebacker Zach Brown. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Mack Hollins celebrate the touchdown pass the connected on in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Eagles' Zach Ertz, left, scores in front of the Redskins' D. J. Swearinger, right, in the 2nd quarter as the Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia, PA on October 23, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photogra
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins catches a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the 2nd quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Philadelphia Eagles all-pro tackle Jason Peters is tended to by the medical staff and head coach Doug Pederson (right) after being injured in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson holds his play chart standing next to running backs coach Duce Staley against the Washington Redskins in the first-quarter on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins catches a second-quarter touchdown past Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Eagles outside linebacker Nigel Bradham goes after Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins during the first-quarter on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looks down before the offense huddled in the first-quarter against the Washington Redskins on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery runs for a first down against Washington Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar during the first-quarter on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz question a penalty during the first-quarter with offical Scott Helverson against the Washington Redskins on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Eagles outside linebacker Nigel Bradham goes after Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins during the first-quarter on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer
Eagles middle linebacker Jordan Hicks puts up his thumb after leaving the game injured on a cart against the Washington Redskins during the firtst-quarter on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis catches the football past Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod and cornerback Jalen Mills during the first-quarter on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Former Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers leads the fans in the E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles chant after being inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame during halftime of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field October 23, 2017. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Jon Foster, at left, a former DC resident, argues as a group protests over the Washington Redskins team name and mascot outside Lincoln Financial Field before the Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia, PA on October 23, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photogra
A group protests over the Washington Redskins team name and mascot outside Lincoln Financial Field before the Philadelphia Eagles play the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia, PA on October 23, 2017. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photogra
Photo Gallery: Eagles 34, Redskins 24

That was expected in the case of Hicks, who tore his right Achilles tendon, but the hope Monday night, going into Tuesday’s MRI, was that Peters had injured just his MCL, which wouldn’t necessarily end his bid for a 10th Pro Bowl, and the first playoff victory of his 14-year NFL career. The MRI told a different story: MCL and ACL tears in Peters’ right knee.

Pederson said he and his offensive staff will sit down Tuesday or Wednesday to determine whether to continue Monday night’s alignment – swing tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai came in for Peters, after Washington’s Ziggy Hood fell across the back of Peters’ leg, in the third quarter – or to let Vaitai play his more natural right tackle position and move Lane Johnson to the left side.

Reading between the lines, the momentum certainly seems to be toward keeping the Monday night setup. Johnson, already being paid left-tackle money, isn’t pushing the transition, and when it comes, he might need some time to adjust. Switching the spots might weaken the team in two places.

Pederson said more than one linebacker might have to help fill the void left by Hicks, who had emerged as the leader of the front seven. Najee Goode and Joe Walker filled in against Washington, both making glaring errors in coverage.

Hicks tore his left Achilles in 2013, playing for the University of Texas. He hoped he’d put an injury-marred past behind him when he played 95 percent of the Eagles’ snaps in 2016, but he will go on injured reserve for the second time in three NFL seasons. Hicks’ rookie year of 2015 ended after eight games, with a torn pec tendon.

Losing Hicks and Peters continues a leadership drain that began in training camp, when management traded wideout Jordan Matthews to Buffalo, and continued when running back/returner Darren Sproles and special teams captain Chris Maragos went down for the season.

“It can make an impact,” Pederson said, on a team that has so far done an exemplary job of making up for large and small injury absences. Pederson said his players “rally around the guys that are hurt,” while keeping perspective and also rallying around players such as Vaitai.

“Lot of confidence in all the guys. Great group of leaders on this team, and they’ll be ready to go,” Pederson said.

As Peters rode off the field on a cart Monday night, the Linc crowd chanted his name.

“It was breathtaking to experience that,” Pederson said,”for a guy that means a lot to this organization, this community, this city. His blood, sweat and tears have been on that practice field, that game field, for a lot of time, a lot of Pro Bowls.”

When Jason Peters was on the cart, he was telling Jeff Stoutland tips to pass onto Vaitai. Wentz said he was still locked into game.

— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) October 24, 2017

Pederson said the search for players to fill the Hicks and Peters roster spots will start in-house, but obviously, the personnel department will be scouring its lists of available talent, as well.

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Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER

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