Corey Peters heard something ‘pop’ in his knee

Rookie defensive tackle Corey Peters will get an MRI on Friday morning to determine the extent of his left knee injury.

Is the path clear for Corey Peters (91) to start the season opener against Pittsburgh? (Curtis Compton/

Is the path clear for Corey Peters (91) to start the season opener against Pittsburgh? (Curtis Compton/

“I kind of got doubled teamed and my knee popped. . . we’ll see what happens,” Peters said. “You never want to think the worst about certain things. I’m just going to wait until the morning and see what the doctor has to say.”

Peters told cornerback Dunta Robinson that the initial diagnosis was a sprained knee.

“I’m just trying to stay positive about it,” Peters said.  ”There is no real solution yet. I’m going to get it looked at in the morning and I’m going to see what happens.”

If healthy, Peters has a chance to open the season in starting lineup because of the one-game suspension of Jonathan  Babineaux and the return to Peria Jerry, from knee surgery.

If Peters injury is more serious than a sprain then Trey Lewis or Vance Walker would move up the depth chart.


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August 20th, 2010
1:07 am

Oh boy, hopefully this will not be what we all think it is.


August 20th, 2010
1:14 am

Hey man I’ve been watching CPeterson since we drafted him. He’s a beast and another Dimi-draft genius pick. CP has played well and he gets in the backfield. I like this dude. Hope you get back on the field soon. I’m sure Falcon nation is praying for your health and quick return.

Poppa Falcon

August 20th, 2010
1:22 am

Well said Lawdhammercy…..hopefully it won’t be as bad as it sounds.


August 20th, 2010
1:28 am

Poor tackling, lack of a pass rush and marginal performances from quarterbacks all of these things were present against the Pats Thursday night. Mularkey’s unimaginative play calling was also a problem. Well, let forget this one and prepare for Miami. I hope we will show up mad,hungry and make the Dolphins pay for our stinker this week.

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August 20th, 2010
2:24 am

I would have liked for the Falcons to show up against New England after the thumping they gave us last year.Is It just me or does It seem like the Falcons just don’t get up for the Dallas,Philadelphia and the New England’s of the world?Maybe we’ll go up to Philadelphia and have the Michael Vick show all over again but this Is just preseason and I believe we’ll get It straightened out.I sure hope Corey doesn’t have a bad knee injury.We wish you well my friend!


August 20th, 2010
2:51 am

I hope he’s fortunate enough to just have a sprain. As for Meier, I swear I’ve never seen one of those “non-contact” buckles be anything less than surgical. Again, hoping it’s not serious.

Chop Buster

August 20th, 2010
6:58 am

Oh oh…that doesn’t sound good. I hope we don’t have another injured rookie before the season starts. On another not, why are our LBs playing so close to the LOS that they are getting manhandled by offensive linemen? That’s a problem.


August 20th, 2010
7:16 am

The Birds looked like bird sh..


August 20th, 2010
7:31 am

when will artificial turf be banned? maybe the frequency of injury is the same as natural grass but the severity of the injury is higher. I believe that’s been studied and proven.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 20th, 2010
9:02 am

I hope to have updates before noon. I’ll tweet them and then update this file. –dol


August 20th, 2010
9:40 am

It appears in this defensive scheme, it causes interior lineman to take on double teams which leads to being pushed over backwards and a knee injury is going to happen. Grady Jackson is what you need 500 lbs of immovable mass. Also, Spoon got Schooled all night long by fellow rookies. Looked like the same ole bunch, defense stinks, play calling is shabby, receivers too small, Turner too slow, and Norwood is hurt. 8-10 wins this year with a little luck. It things go South, then the win total would be no better than 4-7.


August 20th, 2010
9:41 am

Damn, Damn, Damn! I hope it is just a sprained knee. Peters has shown to be a good pick. Anyone still thinking we missed on this pick? But if he is hurt we sure will miss him belive that!


August 20th, 2010
9:50 am

Injures, injures….when will we be healthy?

Our play sure wasn’t what I expected last night..


August 20th, 2010
9:52 am

Dennis, what happened to Meier? I was so disspointed with the play of both the offense and defense I turned it off at half time and went to bed!!!

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August 20th, 2010
10:27 am

I predict we will go undefeated!


August 20th, 2010
10:49 am

Since we’ve had rookies go down with major injuries each of the past few years, could there be an issue with our conditioning program? Our schemes? It seems to be more than coincidence.


August 20th, 2010
10:52 am

Sadly, I predict the Falcons will be ravaged by injuries all year. I’m not expecting anything better than 9-7. Yet if they were a healthy team I would say 11-5 or 12-4. Clearly there is something wrong with their conditioning program. DL, is there an NFL-wide statistic for most injured teams? Perhaps cumulative days lost? If so, I would not be surprised if the Falcons were #1 in 2009 and will continue to be one of the most unhealthy teams in the league in 2010.

Mike Jay

August 20th, 2010
11:02 am


what does conditioning have to do with a sprained knee or torn ligaments? No amount of prep and work can prevent knee injuries. It’s a brutal game. Blame Lady Luck.


August 20th, 2010
11:58 am

@Mike Jay – conditioning plays a huge role. The stronger the musculature around the joints, the less likely they are to be injured. 100% protection? No way, but it helps.


August 20th, 2010
12:01 pm

Well, Jeez-Louise, gremlins seem to have eaten my reply to Falcons57… Meier was going downfield on kick coverage and his knee just gave way. The announcers were too busy talking about other “stuff” to give it much notice.


August 20th, 2010
12:38 pm

Hey Y’all:

THIS IS PRE-SEASON!! I “REPEAT”!! THIS IS PRESEASON!! This is a time where the veterans and the rookies hun their skills. This is the time where coaches “TEST” and “SCRAP” plays they are planning to use for the season. This is the time where coaches put fake plays on the field to not divulge their whole playbook. NAYSAYERS, this is not the real season!! This is the time where veterans do not play the entire game. Real Falcon Fans do not talk like that. Therefore, those NAYSAYERS need to get off this blog. You are trying to spread a cancerous virus through the “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” nation and we will not stand for it. THIS IS PRE-SEASON. WE ARE JUST TUNING UP. THEREFORE, FALCONS FANS, BUCKLE UP. Mike Smith and the coaches will be rususitating our Falcons over the next weeks to clean out the HEART valves. Things are going to be shaking in Flowery Branch. They will be on course on getting the Birds in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” MODE. Moving as “ONE” on offense, defense and special teams. The coaches are getting in “ONE HEARTBEAT11″ mode by coordinating their plays and interacting with each other to make things click on the field. This is going down. AND I LOVE IT. I ove the “NAYSAYERS” pooping off on this blog about our Falcons losing and by the end of the season they are “EATING CHEESE”. The product at the end of “PRE-SEASON” will be a fined tuned machine, movinging in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. ALL CANCEROUS FOOTBALL FANS OPPOSING OUR FALCONS SUCCESS THIS SEASON,I SAY TO YOU, “PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE “HEART VALVE”!!!” IF SO, WE ARE TAKING YOU DOWN IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” THIS IS OUR TEAM. THIS IS OUR CITY. THIS IS OUR STATE. WE ARE “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!” We do not let “PRE-SEASON” games dictate our season. THESE ARE TUNE UP GAMES. I am more than confident the coaches and the players have not stretched their wings yet. THEY KNOW HOW TO FLY!! THEY KNOW HOW TO WIN!! To the NAYSAYERS, WE GOT YOU IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. We never said this is going to be pretty. “THIS IS A BATTLE PREPARING US FOR THE SEASON.” WE WILL BE BE PREPARED IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” THE “PROCESS” CONTINUES TO THE SUPER BOWL. CAN YOU HEAR IT??? THUMP!!! The “NAYSAYERS” are running. THUMP!!! THUMP!!! THE BEAT IS GETTING LOUDER. THUMP!!THUMP!!!THUMP!!!THUMP!!!!THUMP!!!!!THUMP!!!!!

LET’S GO FALCONS!!! Let’s do this in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”
Can you hear it?? THUMP. It’s getting louder

……………………”ONE HEARTBEAT,BABY!!”………


August 20th, 2010
1:57 pm

Hey DOL any word yet on the injury front?

D Money

August 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

Did anyone see it happen? Did he walk off the field or was he carted off?

DJ Sniper

August 20th, 2010
4:46 pm

First of all, let’s hope that the knee injuries suffered by Corey Peters and Kerry Meier are not serious. I see both rookies making contributions this season. DOL, let’s get an update on the injury front.

Now, my thoughts on last night’s game:

Let’s get this out of the way: you can’t put a whole lot of stock into a preseason game. Some teams do great in the preseason and stink up the joint in the regular season, and vice versa. It’s perfectly fine to be concerned about areas that don’t look at that great, but let’s not start with the doom and gloom prophecies based on this one game.

Even though Mike Mularkey’s play calling leaves a lot to be desired, it was better than last week. I was glad to see more passes mixed in with runs. Like most fans, I would have preferred to see more deep passing plays called. My hope is that Mularkey is holding things close to the chest for right now and waiting to open up his bag of tricks once the regular season gets underway. I will also say that the offense seems to be more innovative when Matt Ryan is calling the plays. Let’s see how that balances out.

I was also disappointed with the run defense, but let’s keep things in perspective. Week 3 of 2009 was the last time the Falcons allowed a 100 yard rusher (coincidentally, Fred Taylor). Since then, the run defense has been stout. I was pleased with our coverage on Randy Moss on the deep pass that Brady attempted.

I try to steer clear of blaming the officials, but they did really blow it by missing the PI call against Roddy White and calling the running into the kicker penalty on the missed FG.

Bottom line: The sky is not falling. This Falcons teams is NOT about to sink back into the depths of a 4,5 or 6 win season. I do believe Mike Smith will have his troops ready for Miami next week. Most of our injured players will be back, so that will give us a better indication of how we will look.


August 20th, 2010
5:14 pm

I’m not dooming and glooming, but I was expecting us to score a TD. I’m more concerned with the injuries than the level of play. Hope Kerry and Corey are ok. It’s never a good thing when you hear your knee go “pop”.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 20th, 2010
5:34 pm

I certainly hope that Peters’ injury is not too serious. We need all the help we can get on defense this year.

When is someone in the media going to start calling out Mike Mularkey for his ineffective offensive play calling? Please oh please AJC sports writers….put this guy on the hot seat real quick and ask the tough questions that all the fans want to ask if we had the opportunity!!!!


August 20th, 2010
6:22 pm

@D Money – If you’re taling about Meier, I saw it happen. He went down, but left the field walking on his own. Many with similar injuries have walked off only to have tests later show significant damage.

DJ Sniper

August 20th, 2010
6:26 pm

Sick & Tired, I’m with you on this. All during the offseason, we’ve read about how Mularkey had the offense working on the deep ball and how he planned on opening things up and giving Matt Ryan more control. So far, we have not seen much of that. As I said earlier, I’m hoping that he’s keeping the good stuff under wraps until the regular season.

Oh, and before anybody comes on here and says that Ryan doesn’t have the arm strength to get the ball downfield, let me cut you off right there. I’ve seen him throw the deep ball and he does indeed have what it takes. Granted, his arm may not be on the same level as Joe Flacco or Aaron Rogers, but he’s definitely not some noodle arm. I did see some video of the Friday Night Lights scrimmage, and his deep attempt to Michael Jenkins looked pretty good.

DJ Sniper

August 20th, 2010
6:30 pm

Dennis, I saw that too. Matter of fact, it happened last year with Brian Williams if I’m not mistaken. He walked off under his own power after getting hurt against Chicago, but he ended up with a torn ACL.

Matty Fresh Britches

August 20th, 2010
6:56 pm

That ONE HEART BEAT is too girly….get off that crap. Rise up! Yeah Peters looks like a he has a huge upside. He listens to the coaches and is really explosive at that weight. I was hoping it would eventually be two SEC beasts in the middle of the line. Let’s hope it’s not to serious. The play calling was lacking. I hope Douglas looks as good as he did before he got hurt when he gets back. I keep thinking about that Carolina game he had the 2 scores and almost returned a 3rd. We need that kind of playmaking ability on the field since Norwood gets hurt so much…hopefully he won’t fulfill the same fate. PEACE!


August 20th, 2010
7:41 pm

I’am hearing Peters has knee sprain, Know ligament damage.Don’t know severity of the sprain.


August 20th, 2010
7:50 pm

Why is there any debate about Biermann being a starter? The best pass rusher they have, and it’s not settled he should be starting? I dont get it.

Football Bat

August 21st, 2010
12:33 am

Barry, “One Heartbeat Baby” is more lame than ever. Nauseating even. It’s officially “Rise Up” so get with the program.


August 21st, 2010
6:24 am

The Falcons have a knack for drafting rookie players who seemingly get hurt their first year. Either they are unlucky or it’s part of the process. Make you want to say hum.


August 21st, 2010
8:08 am

looks like meiers out for the year. what a bummer


August 21st, 2010
8:18 am

if im not mistaken kevin curtis the former eagles wr is still a fa. that would be a good option for the falcons


August 21st, 2010
8:18 am

or a trade for vincent jackson