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Could the Falcons take Corey Peters off the PUP list by the end of the week?

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Corey Peters was placed on the PUP list on July 22nd, as he continued his recovery after an ill-timed Achilles injury. Peters is playing on a one year deal, worth just $1.6 million. Making that little after racking up sacks (five prior to the injury) in a contract year can't be easy. And I wouldn't doubt that it's Peters' primary motivation going forward.

Following his move to the PUP list, we were told that Peters was shooting for a return in the Falcons' season opener. He weighs in at 305 pounds, and the injury occurred in week 16. The fact that's projecting a return that early is nothing short of impressive.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Falcons DT Corey Peters plans to be ready for season-opener <a href="http://t.co/553ehI4sJB">http://t.co/553ehI4sJB</a></p>&mdash; D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) <a href="https://twitter.com/DOrlandoAJC/statuses/492420586753507328">July 24, 2014</a></blockquote>
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What's particularly telling is how the coaching staff has handled Peters. Even Mike Smith had to admit that Peters' stay on the PUP list would be short-lived. When Smitty doesn't coachspeak you and simply says that you should expect a timely return, that's probably what you ought to do.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Coach Smith told 92.9 game he anticipates Corey Peters (Achilles) to be off PUP very quickly.</p>&mdash; vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) <a href="https://twitter.com/vxmcclure23/statuses/492638192139771904">July 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Then of course comes the following tweet during practice today, more or less indicating that Peters is ready to go.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just based on quickness in feet doing drills on a side field, Corey Peters (Achilles) looks ready to return to me. Conditioning a ?</p>&mdash; vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) <a href="https://twitter.com/vxmcclure23/statuses/493494066819375104">July 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Vaughn McClure may be onto something here, and if it really is only a conditioning issue, you'd think he will make his return in the very near future. Rumor has it he was very involved with Bryan Cox in the off-season, so from a schematic standpoint, he's already ahead of the pack.

One important consideration is why the Falcons put him on the PUP list in the first place. The "Physically Unable to Perform" list is basically a place to stash players during the pre-season. It also exists after the pre-season, though it's more restrictive then. PUP players can still be in camp, attend meetings, etc. They just can't practice with the team.

There's no specific timeline if you're placed on the list (e.g., you can come off the list after just one missed pre-season practice if you want, but once you're off, you're off until the regular season). The Falcons may keep him on the PUP list just long enough to get a look at some of the marginal players in camp, letting someone go and bringing him off the list at the same time, if I had to guess.

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