The Philadelphia Eagles are looking into two potential replacements for Jason Peters: left tackles Marcus McNeill and Demetrius Bell. Both are still available on the free agent market mostly because they have injury concerns as well.
The more heralded of the two, Marcus McNeill, appears to have the more serious injury concern. He was a long history of injuries and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column) prior to being drafted in 2006.
McNeill’s main problem is with his neck. After the 2008 season, he underwent neck surgery for an undisclosed reason. He then hurt his neck again in November of last season and ended up on injured reserve.
His apparent slow recovery, failure of a team physical, and concerns for his future are what prompted the Chargers to cut ties with their former two-time pro bowl left tackle earlier this month.
Since then, there seems to be confusion over whether or not McNeill has been medically cleared to play....