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Corey Peters's Absence A Blow To The Falcons' Defense

Corey Peters was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Sunday, ensuring that he won't play for the Falcons until after Week 6 of the NFL season. That isn't good news for Atlanta, as Peters has gone from third-round draft pick to the anchor of the Falcons defensive line against the run. The Falcoholic's Dave Choate writes that Atlanta needs Peria Jerry to continue to step up in Peters's absence.

"The key here? Getting Peters healthy as soon as possible, of course, but also Peria Jerry playing well. If he can step up at last, if Jon Babineaux is his usual effective self and Vance Walker and Travian Robertson can chip in as part of the rotation, the Falcons will survive the first six weeks. Make no mistake, though, this hurts the defense."

This injury gives Jerry, Walker and Robertson an opportunity they might not have got had Peters been healthy.

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