When Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters takes the field this Saturday, it will be the first time he's done so since 2011, before a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon cost him the entire 2012 season.
Peters expects to play three quarters this weekend in the Eagles' preseason matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars and has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two exhibition matches, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 6'4, 340-pound lineman's return is huge for an Eagles team that lost 12 games and surrendered 48 sacks during his absence.
Peters predicts a big turnaround in Philadelphia this season, an improvement he says starts with a healthy offensive line.
"We have an athletic line," he told Berman. "If we come together, we're going to win games because it starts with us."
The Eagles offensive front was riddled with injuries last season, with three linemen going down for the season in addition to Peters. The piecemeal line the team was forced to assemble clearly affected the play of Michael Vick, who had his lowest yardage and touchdown output since taking over as the full-time starter in 2010. The running game suffered as well, with halfback LeSean McCoy having his worst season since his rookie year.
With a healthy line in front of them and head coach Chip Kelly implementing a new fast-paced offense, Vick and McCoy could have big seasons in 2013. Peters certainly thinks so at least -- he's predicting a return to the Pro Bowl for Vick and an "early" topping of 1,000 yards for McCoy.