UPDATED: FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons defensive end Corey Peters suffered a stress fracture in his foot while working out this offseason before the team’s offseason training program started, Falcons coach Mike Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.
“Corey was injured when he was working out before the (team’s offseason program starter) off-campus,” Smith said. “Of course, they can’t workout here. He was working out here in town and suffered a stress fracture in his foot. That’s what happened. It happened before we started our offseason program.”
FLOWERY BRANCH — We are still getting questions about defensive Corey Peters’ status for the 2012 season.
The Falcons are being secretive about the injury and his agent has gone into the witness media protection program.
The Falcons will not reveal the specific injury to Peters, who was placed on the non-football injury list with a foot injury on Sunday. ESPN reported in a crawl that he was out for the season. Falcons coach Mike Smith said that report was erroneous on Monday.
When asked if Peters was injured in a fall at his house over the offseason, Smith didn’t confirm or deny that story.
“He’s on the non-football injury,” Smith said. “That’s the designation.”
He will be out for six weeks and then the Falcons will have an evaluation period before they can put him on the roster.
The Falcons have a bye week after their first six games, so the earliest Peters could return would be for the game at Philadelphia on Oct. 28.
Former first-round pick Peria Jerry has taken his place in the starting lineup. Peters was in a boot in the offseason and has been working out with the trainers.
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