Injury report: Corey Peters appears close to returning

Falcons defensive tackle, Corey Peters (6 feet, 3 inches and 295 pound) held his own jump roping with the students at Clifton Elementary School. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJ

Falcons defensive tackle, Corey Peters (6 feet, 3 inches and 295 pound) held his own jump roping with the students at Clifton Elementary School. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJ

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters, who appeared pretty spry will jumping rope with children at a community function on Tuesday, hopes that he can return quickly as his six-week stint on the reserve/non-football injured list is about to end.

Peters suffered a stress fracture while working out before the Falcons’ offseason training program started this offseason.

“It was a little foot issue,” Peters said in an radio interview with Tom Leach, for his radio show The Leach Report in Kentucky. “It was a stress fracture and I got it taken care of and we are moving forward and been rehabbing and hopefully, if everything continues to progress well, we’ll be ready to play here after the six-week mark.”

The Falcons play their sixth game on Sunday and then have a bye before facing Philadelphia on Oct. 28.

The Falcons will have to some time to make a decision on Peters’ return. Getting back in football shape will be his biggest issue if the foot is fully healed.

“It takes some time,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith on Thursday. “You’ve got to work on that endurance and pushing the big bodies. It’s going to take some time. Corey has been working hard. We’ve been trying with our athletic performance guys to simulate it as much as possible. But there is nothing like going out there and practicing and getting 30 or 40 snaps.”

Peters, if he can quickly return to form, could help the Falcons’ run defense, which has sunk from sixth in the league to 27th. But Smith doesn’t appear to be in a rush.

“It’s going to take some time, but we’re anxious to see where Corey is going to be when we can make that decision of when we want to start that 21 day period,” Smith said.

On the team’s official injury report, linebacker Stephen Nicholas (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis after not practicing on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Drew Davis (knee), cornerback Dunta Robinson (shoulder) and wide receiver Kevin Cone (knee) fully participated in practice after being limited on Wednesday.

Tight end Michael Palmer (shoulder) and running back Antone Smith (hamstring) did not practice.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin), defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh), center Todd McClure (pectoral) and safety William Moore (hip) were limited in practice.

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October 11th, 2012
6:29 pm


October 11th, 2012
6:30 pm

Glad to see Stephen Nicholas back at practice.


October 11th, 2012
7:00 pm

Yes hopefully peters will be back by the time we play philly, he will be a big force in stopping the run

The Grinch

October 11th, 2012
7:12 pm

A little odd for a DT to be jumping rope on a hard BB court while healing from a stress fracture; I don’t believe I’d have recommended that.


October 11th, 2012
7:16 pm



October 11th, 2012
7:29 pm

Great to hear Peters might be back soon! Another bullet in the chamber for that defensive line!! Peters, Jerry, SS Babs, Walker!


October 11th, 2012
7:38 pm

What is the 21 day thing?


October 11th, 2012
8:09 pm

I think Peters is our best DT. Welcome back Corey!

Answer This

October 11th, 2012
9:23 pm

Welcome back CP…look forward to seeing you after the bye week!


October 11th, 2012
9:24 pm

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October 11th, 2012
11:07 pm

I think Atlanta wont play around like they have the last two weeks. I think their going to put a thumpin’ on Oakland !


October 11th, 2012
11:56 pm

Please, no embarrassing loss to Raiders. I promise not to crow about 7-0 at all if we can just have a pleasant bye week.


October 12th, 2012
5:38 am

Yo D-Led,

How many times do I need to tell you?! We need MORE Tara Petrolino and LESS Noah Coslov!


October 12th, 2012
5:55 am

When healthy I know what Corey can do. As soon as he get’s his conditioning and feet up under him. I’m certain he’ll be in the starting line-up.

[...] Defensive tackle Corey Peters could be close to a return from an offseason stress fracture, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]


October 12th, 2012
11:46 am

Thats good b/c the run D is atrocious. I think he’ll be a big help for us and a bit fresher than the other parts of the line b/c he’s been out. If we can be respectable against the run again, that’ll bode well for us. It’s still early and we have a bye week to get it adjusted. I think we may have fallen a bit bc we’re such a pass happy offense now that the D probably doesnt see as many run plays in practice than past years. Just a thought..


October 12th, 2012
12:16 pm

Really looking forward to Peter’s return. His absense (along with playing predominately nickle) is the biggest factor in our poor run D. Not really likeing that picture of him jumping rope while healing from a stress factor. D-Led, what is Smitty talking about when he said “start that 21 day period”?


October 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

Nevermind. I figured it out. The 21 day thing is the 3 week window from weeks 6-9 that players can be activated off the PUP list.


October 12th, 2012
2:59 pm

Corey Peters will be a pillar to this defense. We have missed his dual abilities to stop the run and rush the QB. Our run D has been lousy, up to now. For that reason, Oakland presents a challenge. The Nicholas injury is also a problem. I know that Nolan is working on it, but don’t be surprised if we have to lean on the offense to win this game.

The good news is that Peters will have a bye week to get into playing shape. I feel good about the second half of this season.


October 12th, 2012
3:32 pm

It looks from the picture that Peter’s stress fracture is fine if he is jumping rope like that! He is getting some good air for as big of a man as he is. Peters is way better than Jerry and we miss his presence in the middle of the D-line. I look forward to seeing him in there again soon!


October 12th, 2012
4:53 pm

I say, DREW BREES-IN-THE-BVDS is for the most part, just a big sham.