UPDATE: The Falcons activated defensive tackle Corey Peters, who practiced with the first-team defense this week, from the reserve/non-football injury list and waived cornerback Terrence Johnson on Friday.
Peters, who has started 30 of 32 regular-season games over his career, could help the Falcons’ run defense which is giving up 143.8 yards per game and is ranked 28th in the league.
Peria Jerry has started in Peters’ absence.
Peters told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he injured his foot while running to stay in shape before the team’s offseason program started.
“It looked like it was a stress fracture there prior to the injury and it just happened,” Peters said before taking the field on Monday. “It was going to happen regardless.”
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, who suffered a left knee and ankle injury late in the game against Oakland on Oct. 14, was declared out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Douglas had his best game of the season against Oakland, with five catches for 37 yards. He has 16 catches for 149 yards and one rush for five yards this season. Drew Davis is listed on the team’s depth chart as Douglas’ backup.
Right guard Garrett Reynolds (back), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin), tight end Michael Palmer (shoulder) and running back Antone Smith (hamstring) are listed as probable for the game.
Per league rules concerning players coming off the reserve/non-football injured list, the Falcons do not have to list defensive tackle Corey Peters on the injury report. They have three weeks from his return, which was on Monday, to activate him to the roster.
He practiced all week and could be activated before kickoff. If Peters is activated, he could help the Falcons’ run defense which is giving up 143.8 yards per game and is ranked 28th in the league. The Falcons would have to release a player to make room for Peters.
“It’s good to see him back out there,” defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said earlier this week. “I’m kind of anxious to see him work. I’m kind of eager to see how he practices as well, but he did have a significant foot injury and we have to ease him back into things. But like I said, I’m eager to see him out there. It’s uncertain right now if he’ll be (active) or not.”
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