Injury cost Corey Peters almost $100,000

October, 26, 2012
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Other than saying he had a stress fracture in his foot, Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters has been quiet about the injury that kept him out for the first six games of the season.

The Falcons also have remained pretty mum on an injury that happened sometime in the offseason, but didn’t come to light until training camp, when it became obvious Peters wasn’t practicing.

But I’m thinking the Falcons weren’t happy with whatever circumstances led to the injury. According to a league source, Peters was paid at a reduced rate while spending the first seven weeks of the season on the non-football injury list.

Peters' contract initially called for him to be paid $540,000 in base salary. But Peters’ weekly checks were based on a $303,000 salary while he was on the non-football injury list. Peters went back to the $540,000 scale when he came off the list earlier this week. Players are paid 17 times during the season, including the bye week and Peters remained on the non-football injury list for Atlanta’s bye.

Peters will end up collecting a total of $442,412 this season. So he basically lost out on just under $100,000.

The Falcons still haven’t said if Peters will be activated for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, but at least he’ll make his full salary this week.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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