Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters is expected to miss the next 10-14 days as recovery time for the sprained knee he suffered in this past week’s preseason contest against the New England Patriots.
Peters is an integral part of the Falcons planned depth at the defensive tackle position after being a third round pick in this past April’s draft. With starter Peria Jerry recovering from a knee injury, and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux suspended for the regular season opener, any prolonged absence from Peters will continue to thin out the team’s depth. The Falcons may be without defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson, who plays both end and tackle in their rotation as well as he was held out of weekend practices with a thigh injury. Thomas Johnson missed the Patriots game with an injury as well, leaving Babineaux, Vance Walker, and Trey Lewis as the only completely healthy options at the position currently. The team even played ends Chauncey Davis and newly signed Maurice Lucas during the Patriots game to help depth. It might be possible that if injuries continue to linger the team may opt to give fullback Dan Klecko more reps on the defensive side of the ball.