Even before the season began, the Atlanta Falcons were hit with a plethora of injuries that ultimately played a huge role, as their season was derailed and than crushed with even more injuries. With only one game remaining, the Falcons have stayed consistent with their injury theme by losing two more players to season-ending surgeries.
After Monday night’s game in which the Falcons lost 34-24 to the San Francisco 49ers, coach Mike Smith announced that defensive tackle Corey Peters suffered a season-ending Achilles injury and will undergo surgery immediately with the recovery time of around six to eight months. Along with Peters, rookie safety Zeke Motta had a season-ending neck surgery.
This season alone, the Falcons have lost several key starters and Pro Bowlers that ranged from star wide receiver Julio Jones to defensive end Kroy Biermann to left tackle Sam Baker. They have lost several players for an extended period of time that included Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Asante Samuel and Sean Weatherspoon.
The Falcons’ season has been defined by injuries, and it is only fitting that the Falcons would almost end their season the same way in how their season began.
Peters, who will become a restricted free agent this offseason, has been injury prone since he was drafted back in 2010. Despite his injury track record, Peters has been very consistent at his position, as he has recorded five sacks this season. The Falcons may re-sign the former third-round pick based on his efforts this season.
With one game left remaining, the Falcons are hoping that they will have no more players injured and instead, have a healthy group to try to re-estalish themselves for next season.