The Atlanta Falcons announced their first official injury report of the 2014 season yesterday, on which defensive tackle Corey Peters was listed as probable. Whether Peters plays on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints will be up to the coaches per other reports, but it is a promising sign. Peters suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Week 16 of the 2013 season and was held out of the offseason and most of training camp before returning to practice over two weeks ago.
Also on the injury report was safety Dezmen Southward (concussion), who is also listed as probable. Both he and Peters were able to fully participate in all three days of practice this week. While not appearing on the injury report this week, running back Steven Jackson is also expected to play this week. Jackson missed all of the Falcons preseason with a hamstring injury suffered in the first few days of training camp. At the time of his injury, he was expected to return for Week 1 and his status (or lack thereof) on the injury report indicates that has come to fruition.
For the Saints, their most notable injury is to wide receiver Kenny Stills (quad), who is listed as questionable. Stills was limited in practice on Wednesday and Friday, but missed Thursday’s practice.