Defensive tackle Corey Peters was having a strong game Monday night when he suddenly stood on the field, bent over and clearly in a lot of pain. With help from the Falcons’ athletic trainers, Peters exited the field with what was announced as an Achilles injury.
Head coach Mike Smith said Tuesday that Peters will require surgery for the injury and that, because of the recovery time, the team is looking to get the procedure done as quickly as possible.
Smith said that, with a lot of effort and hard work, Peters could be ready to go by the beginning of next season.
“This is going to be a tough offseason for Corey,” Smith said. “He was injured two years ago with a foot injury and battled and went on PUP (physically unable to participate). The rehabilitation time for an Achilles injury is going to put us close to the beginning of next season, so he’s going to have to get it going and start hitting it. But he is a tough guy and we all feel for Corey”
It’s a contract year, and statistically the best year, for Peters, who was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Smith also announced Tuesday that rookie safety Zeke Motta would be placed on injured reserve with a fractured C1 vertebrae. Motta had surgery Sunday and Smith said it’s about a 4-6 week recovery period.