Awful News: Jason Peters Ruptures Achilles

Awful News: Jason Peters Ruptures Achilles

And the first devastating blow to the Eagles 2012 campaign has been delivered... in March.

Geoff Mosher of the Delaware News Journal reports left tackle Jason Peters has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, which will require surgery on Tuesday. As we have seen and heard far too much of late, this particular injury has a long recovery time, so it seems likely the four-time Pro Bowler could miss the entire season.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement the Eagles agreed to a one-year contract with King Dunlap. Two hours ago, it was an innocent move that continued the team's off-season's theme of taking care of their own.

Now, Dunlap appears to be the starting left tackle.

Peters is widely considered the best left tackle in football today. Since coming over from the Buffalo Bills for a first-round pick in '09, Peters has gradually improved every season, and has been especially good since having a mid-season procedure on his knee in 2010. He is a lock-down player in pass protection, and a dominant run blocker with the athleticism to finish defenders on the second and even the third level.

At this point, Peters has not been officially ruled out to return this season. The Eagles have options. Peters could begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, which would give the team until Week 10 to add him to the full roster.

In the meantime, the massive 6-9, 330-lbs. Dunlap has developed into a reliable replacement player. He's made seven starts over the past two seasons, including at both the left and right tackle positions, as well as left guard. He played well enough we thought there might be some interest in his services on the free agent market, and it's a small comfort knowing he is returning.

A very small comfort. Just as the Eagles were getting their ducks in a row by re-signing Evan Mathis to keep the offensive line intact, they are dealt a potentially catastrophic injury to their best player. This news is really harshing our buzz.

More to come...

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.