The Falcons placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden and linebacker Mike Peterson on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Hayden, 6-0, 195 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on August 30. Hayden played in eight games this season, totaling 27 tackles (22 solo) with two interceptions and four passes defensed. He was trying to make it back from a dislocated toe injury.
Peterson started and played against the Saints. No injury was announced to the press during the game and after the game Peterson was talking about helping to get the team ready for the playoffs.
“Just get back to work,” Peterson said after he was asked how the team would rebound from the 45-16 loss. “We are professionals. We have to be pros about this. If this doesn’t make you feel bad and make you want to go to work right now, then you are in the wrong business.
“For whatever reason, we knew coming into this game we were going up against a great quarterback and a great offense. We knew we were going to have to play for 60 minutes. You’ve got to be on your game, the whole game. We made a couple of plays, but we didn’t make enough. We definitely didn’t make enough.”
Peterson was starting in place of Stephen Nicholas, who was out with a toe injury. He was a leader of the linebacker group.
“No doubt, that’s why you have the vets,” Peterson said. “Don’t feel good about this? Don’t feel good about just being in the playoffs? Our goals are way bigger than just making (the playoffs.) They are going to hear it and they are going to hear it a lot. They are going to hear it from the coaches and they are going to hear it from us, the veterans.”
Peterson, 6-1, 226 pounds, was originally selected as a second round (36th overall) draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft. Peterson joined the Falcons as a free agent on March 10, 2008. This season, he had 23 tackles (12 solo) with one interception. Peterson ranks among the NFL’s active tackle leaders with 1,607 career tackles.