FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons placed two players on injured reserve Tuesday; cornerback Kelvin Hayden and linebacker Mike Peterson.
Hayden has been battling a toe injury and has been inactive for the last four games. Peterson’s injury is a bit of a mystery.
There was never an injury announcement in the press box Monday night in New Orleans, and according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Peterson never let on either.
Peterson started and played against the Saints. No injury was announced to the press during the game and after the game Peterson was talking about helping to get the team ready for the playoffs.
“Just get back to work,” Peterson said after he was asked how the team would rebound from the 45-16 loss. “We are professionals. We have to be pros about this. If this doesn’t make you feel bad and make you want to go to work right now, then you are in the wrong business.”
I just spoke with a source within the Falcons organization that told me the injury that ended Peterson’s season is an arm injury. But that’s all the information that was handed out. Coach Mike Smith should clarify the situation, or at least go a little more in depth, later Wednesday.
Hayden, 6-0, 195 pounds, was originally selected as a second-round draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons in Indianapolis before signing with the Falcons as a free agent on Aug. 30 of this year. Hayden played in eight games this season, totaling 27 tackles with two interceptions.
Peterson, 6-1, 226 pounds, was originally selected as a second-round draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft. Peterson joined the Falcons as a free agent on March 10, 2008. This season, he had 23 tackles with one interception. Peterson ranks among the NFL’s active tackle leaders with 1,607 career tackles.