FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Corey Peters #91 of the Atlanta Falcons stretches during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
It's an injury news kind of day, I guess.
D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that Corey Peters hurt his foot this off-season, has not been participating in OTAs and will in fact not return until training camp in July. We're not losing the big guy into the season and he just so happens to be a veteran, but it's still not all roses and chestnuts here.
That's mostly because of Peters' importance to this defense. He's gone from being a third round pick widely considered a reach to perhaps the team's best defensive tackle, a guy who can seal off a lane, get into the backfield and simply cause havoc. With Jonathan Babineaux aging, Vance Walker and Peria Jerry providing depth and Travian Robertson providing the high-upside project, Peters is basically the only sure thing on the line.
I hope he's able to come back soon, get the necessary practices out of the way and go back to kicking butt. Foot injuries can linger, and that would be disastrous for the Falcons.