Atlanta Falcons lineman Corey Peters could miss start of NFL season

| June 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Former Kentucky Wildcats defensive tackle Corey Peters could miss the start of the 2014 NFL season. Entering his fifth season with the Atlanta Falcons, Peters is currently rehabbing the Achilles he tore last December against the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Peters could open the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform List, which means he would miss the first six weeks of this season.

“He has been running, but (Thursday) was probably the most extensive,” coach Mike Smith said of Peters. “I can’t answer if he’s going to play in the preseason right now. He’s ahead of schedule, but you’ve got to realize it was the end of December. Traditionally, it’s a nine to 12 month recovery.”

Asked if Peters could be on PUP for training camp, Smith responded, “Yes, that’s a possibility. I’m not going to rule out that he’s not going to be ready. And not going to rule out that something else happens. But we are very pleased with his progress. He is ahead of schedule right now and we’re about seven months into it.”

Through his first four seasons in the NFL, Peters has registered 120 tackles, nine sacks and seven pass deflections. The Falcons re-signed Peters to a 1-year deal this offseason.

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