Atlanta Falcons: Corey Peters could return to lineup Sunday

By Michael Cunningham

Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters practiced with the starting group today and could return to play against the Eagles on Sunday.

Peters returned to the practice field this week after rehabilitating a left foot injury he suffered during the offseason. The Falcons have three weeks to decide whether to add him to the active roster.

After participating in Monday’s practice with no contact, Peters increased his reps today.

“He’s progressed,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He’s not in football shape. That’s going to be a big concern. We have to weigh that in as we make a decision [on] is it this week or next week [for Peters' return].”

Peters was injured prior to Atlanta’s offseason programs and so hadn’t participated in any football activities since January. But he said he hasn’t been holding back in his return.

“We are trying to go full speed,” Peters said before today’s practice. “We are going to do the best we can. I need to have it in my head that I’m back to normal, [that] everything is good. With a foot injury there’s always a little doubt in your head because you use it so much. I think we need to test it out and go full speed in practice and hopefully get my football legs under me as soon as possible.”

With Peters out of the lineup, the Falcons have essentially shortened their tackle rotation from four to three with Jonathan Babineaux (333 snaps), Peria Jerry (271) and Vance Walker (182). Smith said Babineaux in particular could use more relief.

“Jonathan has been very solid for us but we definitely need to get his snap count down,” Smith said.

If Peters plays this week, he will be tasked with trying to help contain Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy.

“This will be definitely a tough test but I am sure we will come up with some kind of plan to limit reps as we start off and ease our way back into it,” Peters said.

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October 24th, 2012
4:09 pm


October 24th, 2012
4:10 pm

would you hold him untill november for the cowboys? i would hate to see him reaggrevate anything


October 24th, 2012
4:12 pm

Im sure he’s just gonna be a situational guy. NO way he’s all the way in game shape yet but it’ll be good to get him out there. Welcome back Co Pete!


October 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

first, second and third, looks like the falcons are ridding the blogs of trolls


October 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

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October 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

first second and third, looks like a falcon blog to me


October 24th, 2012
4:41 pm

Peters is gonna do some big things, i think maybe if we if we could keep him a situational guy (as said by sir reaL) he will be fresh towards the end of the season which will give the opposing o-lines fits


October 24th, 2012
5:10 pm

Hes rested up and should be healed enough, hes just gotta get used to using it again hopefully he doesnt have any nagging aches and pains, i had a hairline fracture in one of the really small bones in my wrist and it hasnt been the same since, im able to use it but i have a constant pain when i do use it. Hopefully his doesnt have this issue

Sam the Bam

October 24th, 2012
5:42 pm

Esqueer- Aren’t the boys of mid-town expecting you about now ?


October 24th, 2012
6:34 pm

Does anyone on here know spelling, grammar or punctuation?
Oh, go Falcons! Destroy “Vick, the dog hunter!”


October 24th, 2012
6:58 pm

Play him a little bit in this game. Like a series or two just to get him some live action reps. He’s nowhere near ready to play a full game yet and maybe not even vs. the Cowboys. But but the time we face the Aints he should be ready to go just like old times.


October 24th, 2012
7:05 pm

I just think that peters may want to ease his way in, I wouldn’t run him against the saints, maybe the last of the two games between the saints, him being at home and getting his normal reps he will be 100 percent and confident to play on his leg at normal game speed


October 24th, 2012
8:30 pm

Vance Walker has looked pretty good this year.

Big Crimson 75

October 24th, 2012
9:34 pm

He’s playing Sunday


October 25th, 2012
1:06 am

I think you bring him in sometime after the first 2-3 series. So he isn’t going against any fresh o-lineman and try to get him about 10-15 plays. That should be enough help for the existing 3 man rotation, especially coming off a bye and we can get him about 12-18 the next week.


October 25th, 2012
3:43 am

I agree with Stumpknocker Vance Walker has done a good job and he gets double team a lot


October 25th, 2012
9:31 am

I for one would love to see Corey back out on the field. If he is rotated in and out of the game he should be fine. As far as football shape is concerned, the only way for him to feel comfortable he will have to actually play.If T. Sizzle can do it with the type of injury he had then,CP can also imo.


October 25th, 2012
10:33 am

The issues will be the strength of his foot and his confidence in it. I doubt he will play if he is not confident. He hasn’t forgotten how to play and the playbook for a D-Tackle is pretty light. “Get the ball carrier!” may be the only play in it. He may be our top D-Tackle this year; time will tell. He will certainly help by relieving his partners on the D-Line. I sure hope that he is well and can resume his stelar career…. GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Jeff B

October 25th, 2012
11:20 am

Ease him in. Give him a few snaps this week, to remind him what full-speed football feels like.


October 25th, 2012
11:30 am


Joe Tess Fish House

October 25th, 2012
11:39 am

OK U no they half to put him the line up. They will have 2 cut some 1 win they do and it beter be that looser Perrier Jerry then they can finaly stop the run and sax the QB

Mr Blanks pleeeez make this happen

D man

October 25th, 2012
12:04 pm

We need him to help stop the run


October 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

Let him play!! T-sizzle played and did fine.

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October 25th, 2012
1:27 pm

what is wrong with my be-love falcons, defence, we look like the OLD falcons ”D” we don’t cover well, we play to far off the receiver @ time, when our oppoenent only need three yards, and we play off ten yards WHY ? I woulf like to see us in more press cover. And also our pass rusher is still the same JOHN A. The only whay i see us getting to the SUPPER BOWL, we need MATTIE ”ICE” to start making more plays with his feet, i see on some passing situation the opponent be in press cover, all he has to do is take off in run.And the Def. has to step up


October 25th, 2012
5:23 pm

Because he is a politician?


October 25th, 2012
9:42 pm

Are they really gonna ease peters in…..HA! Seriously, don’t rush the big man. Important cog in the Coon’s D. Would love to see him back… healthy