It appears that both Corey Peters and Zeke Motta are headed for injured reserve. ESPN's Vaughn McClure broke the news, though the news itself isn't as bad as it could be.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Motta recovery time is 4 to 6 weeks.</p>— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) <a href="https://twitter.com/vxmcclure23/statuses/415545677695840256">December 24, 2013</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Peters could be ready for the start of next season.</p>— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) <a href="https://twitter.com/vxmcclure23/statuses/415545799137705984">December 24, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Peters' injury in particular is a huge blow. He will soon undergo achilles surgery. Then comes the difficult rehab associated with this type of injury. It's bad, not for the Falcons, but for Peters himself. He's headed into free agency, thus his market value just dropped dramatically. Even if he's ready for the start of next season, there will be concerns about his effectiveness going forward. He's struggled to stay healthy before, and this isn't his first trip to injured reserve. That said, he's proven himself in this league, and if the money's right, the Falcons will probably retain his services.
Motta has impressed in his rookie campaign. He's struggled in coverage a bit, looking more like a strong safety than a free safety. Even so, he's clearly the better of the two safeties the Falcons drafted this year. His future is bright, and with the surgery to treat his cervical fracture already behind him, he should be an active participant in the Falcons' off-season regimen.