Quite the shocking possibility that an NFL team may not be completely forthcoming with injury news, I know, but every offseason we find out about a player's true injury. How many knee surgeries has Ray Edwards had? I've lost count. That situation reminds me of when Michael Jenkins had a "shoulder" injury expected to keep him out four to six weeks that left him on the bench for ten weeks.
How long will a "foot" injury cost Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters?
Should we be concerned about Corey Peters? And can we guess his injury? I believe we can after the jump.
Back on June 1st it was reported Corey Peters suffered a foot injury and would miss some time leading up to training camp. Yesterday Peters was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list meaning he will miss at least the first six games of the season. Week seven of the season is our bye-week so October 21st may be Peters first game this year, at best.
Our own Zach Kidd steals my thing (baseless speculation) by suggesting a lisfranc injury would be likely considering the timetable.
Once again just speculation, but with the time table of Peters foot injury it's probably a lisfranc injury— Zach Kidd (@GBBZach) August 26, 2012
A lisfranc injury is not only difficult to spell but is more difficult to explain. According to this great writeup, a lisfranc injury commonly occurs when a foot just falls apart like an old jalopy. Depending on the type of injury and the treatment, one may have be stuck in a cast for six weeks. The worst of these injuries requires surgery and six to twelve weeks of staying off the foot. Add on top of that necessary rehab before a player can even get back into football shape it is easy to understand how Peters will miss significant time.
This type of injury would seem to fall in line with the five months between reporting of the injury and his first potential game. This type of injury ended Matt Schaub's season last year and limited Darren McFadden to only seven games. If the injury was of the more severe variety, Peters may struggle to get into football shape by October 21st.
However, like I said, it is pretty difficult to get a read on injuries with Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff. There have been multiple times many expect a player to be playing the next week but is out until the next week. With it being impossible to know what injury Peters has or where he is in rehab, if it has even begun, we may be without our best emerging defensive player until deep into the season.
injury sucks especially to a young player that is getting better....but "best emerging defensive player"? Not hardly. We have had a difficult time getting someone next to the always impressive (ranked #15 overall DT and #7 DT in pass rush plays in 2011- according to profootballfocus.com), and under valued J-Babs, but peters was 2 on depth chart because of how long it's taking P Jerry to get back to where we thought he would be before his injury 2 years ago. And luckily at least he's had an awesome camp and preseason so far.
But our best emerging D player is without a doubt S William Moore, and of course Spoon can be in there too. Even Lawrence Sidbury has way more right to that title than Peters.
@Ryanw180 Ryan, thanks for reading and taking the time to register and comment. I'm also a big fan of William Moore. He has the ability to be a difference maker in our secondary.
@Ryanw180 Hey Ryan. Not sure how I missed this comment, but I suppose I will need to explain and reinterpret that statement.
Peters has turned into a great run stuffer that has been improving his pass rush skills. As far as I know Peters has gotten far more reps than Jerry in camp and in actual games. Jerry rarely saw the field last year despite being years away from his ACL injury. Jerry has looked pretty good through this stretch but I think a healthy Peters starts in front of a healthy Jerry.
But as far as best emerging defensive player, I admit that I overlooked Moore and he certainly needs to be in the discussion. I am a huge Moore fan and he is turning into a playmaker in the defense. He should be right in there with Peters. Spoon, however, has emerged, right? First round pick that got Pro Bowl consideration (I believe PFF had him in their list of Pro Bowl snubs... or at least honorable mention on their Pro Bowl list).
Sidbury is a player I want to play well, because he has so many fantastic things I love: ridiculously quick, athletic speed rusher. But until he gets more reps and becomes more than a situational pass rusher (which he has to do this season or else take up a roster spot elsewhere) he's nothing but an afterthought on this defense.