Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will receive nearly $2 million after agreeing to settle a lawsuit he filed against the Roll-A-Bout knee walker, the Associated Press reports.
Peters, 31, tore his Achilles tendon last February. Three weeks after undergoing surgery, Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout knee walker when it broke, causing him to tear the same Achilles tendon for a second time. The setback caused Peters to miss the entire 2012 season.
According to Michael Trunk, Peters' attorney, the device was designed to accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds. Peters is listed as weighing 340 pounds.
Though Peters will receive nearly $2 million, missing the entire season took a substantial chunk out of his bank account.
Peters has been scheduled to earn $7.9 million in base salary last season. Since his injury was not related to football, the Eagles placed Peters on the "non-football injury" list and renegotiated his contract to include a "split" salary of $4 million, costing Peters $3.9 million in income during the 2012 season. The money he'll receive in this settlement will help bridge the gap, but comes up a bit short in terms of making him whole.
By all accounts, Peters looked healthy during the offseason program and the five-time Pro Bowler appears set to start at left tackle for the Eagles in 2013. Peters earned a $250,000 roster bonus in March and is scheduled to earn $10.25 million in base salary during the regular season.
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