Jason Peters took two penalties Sunday and didn’t think he deserved either.
The Eagles’ 37-year-old left tackle was called for a false start on the second snap of the game. Later, he was called for a block in the back that negated a 20-yard Dallas Goedert gain. On the block, it sure seemed that Dallas safety Jeff Heath turned his back to Peters, and that Peters then tried to stop, and barely made contact, away from the play.
“I don’t get into those calls. man. They get me for [false-starting] all the time. They go back, they call me on Monday and tell me, ‘We messed that call up, I’m sorry.' They done did it about five or six times this year. I came into this game with eight penalties, and got six calls [the next day] ... I just keep playing hard, go to the next play,” Peters said after the 17-9 victory over Dallas.
“Even though I hate getting calls and hurting my team, but they know I’m going to play hard the whole game. I don’t get down on myself, I don’t lose confidence, I just keep rolling.”
In the past, coaches have contended that Peters’ quickness off the ball makes it look as if he is false-starting when he isn’t.
The Eagles began this crucial week hoping to get back some key players who have been missing from the lineup, but when the inactives were announced Sunday, only defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle) had improved enough to be included among the 46 home team players in uniform for the battle for first place in the NFC East.
Barnett last played in the loss at Miami, but started on Sunday and had one tackle. Inactive were running back Jordan Howard (shoulder), for the sixth successive game; right tackle Lane Johnson, for the second week in a row; wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee), who had played in only one of the previous four games; third quarterback Nate Sudfeld, defensive end Shareef Miller, and offensive linemen Nate Herbig and Sua Opeta.
Dallas inactives included linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (neck).
Eagles defensive tackle Bruce Hector, promoted from the practice squad this week, was active for only the second time this season.
Eagles rookie receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside left with a foot injury in the second half and did not return. The second-round pick out of Stanford was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday with the injury, tweaking something mid-way through Thursday's session.
Arcega-Whiteside had two catches for 39 yards, including a 27-yard catch on the first play of the game against the Cowboys. He rebounded from a lackluster game against Washington in which he had no catches and dropped a pass in the end zone.