Jason Peters was a five-time pro-bowler entering the 2012 off-season, before rupturing his Achilles tendon lifting weights in the 2012 off-season. What put him out for the entire 2012 season (and doomed the Eagles offensive line), was the fact that after he tore it the first time, his rehab equipment malfunctioned, causing him to tear the Achilles a second time.
After missing the entire 2012 season, many wondered whether the 31 year-old would ever get back to his elite form. Most people didn’t think he would. Peters responded to that doubt by making his sixth career pro-bowl and becoming a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his NFL career, in what might have been the best season of his career.
Still, Peters didn’t do that despite fighting through some smaller injuries. He dislocated a finger on his left hand in a week one victory over the Washington Redskins, that he managed to play through for 16 more games.
So, normally I hate players that opt-out of playing in the Pro-Bowl, but Peters is one of the few exceptions to that, as he has pretty good reasoning, given his freak-injury history.
Forgot to tweet this earliet, but Jason Peters won’t be playing in the Pro Bowl despite nod. #Texans LT Duane Brown going instead.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 11, 2014
I think the move is less due to his finger dislocation, and more due to the fact that he just wants to do his best not to add on to his long injury list. Playing in a meaningless game, even though offensive-lineman don’t really do much because the quarterback can’t be touched, wouldn’t make sense for a soon-to-be 32 year-old who has become somewhat injury-prone.