PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will get nearly $2 million in a lawsuit over a rolling walker which he says broke and caused him to reinjure his torn Achilles tendon.
The lawsuit says Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout knee walker in March 2012 when it broke below the handlebar, three weeks after his initial surgery.
Lawyer Michael Trunk says Peters had to endure a second operation because of the setback. He missed the entire season.
Trunk says the product was sold for patients weighing up to 500 pounds, while Peters was listed at 340.
Lawyer Elizabeth Underwood, who represents the company, declined comment Wednesday. The suit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia.
Trunk says the 31-year-old Pro Bowler is eager to move past the lawsuit and focus on football.
Meanwhile. the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Peters paid a fine of $656.50 on June 21 after drag racing charges he accrued a week earlier were reduced to driving with improper equipment and resisting an officer by flight.
The story quoted the Monroe, La., district attorney's office.
Peters avoided a July 15 arraignment by paying the fine, and the case was officially closed, the DA's office said on Wednesday.
The Eagles said Wednesday: "We are glad to hear that the issue has been resolved."
According to the original arrest affidavit, Peters was pulled over in a white Camaro in the early morning of June 12 after an officer observed him apparently racing a blue sedan. When the officer turned on his emergency lights the sedan pulled over, but the Camaro took flight and exceeded speeds of 100 mph while the officer was in pursuit, per the affidavit.
Peters was eventually caught, arrested and charged with drag racing, drag racing on a public road and resisting by flight. The drag racing charges were dropped, but Peters was assessed a fine for driving with an illegal muffler, authorities said.
It was the second time Peters was arrested in Louisiana in the last two years. He was charged with disturbing the peace in Shreveport in March 2011 when he refused to turn down the volume in his car outside a Rick Ross concert.