The Arizona Cardinals have suffered a number of injuries to expected starters over the last several years, and when nose tackle Corey Peters, coming off his second Achilles tear in his career, left practice yesterday with a limp, fans held their breath.
According to a source, Peters injury is nothing serious, as he was seen walking without any noticeable limp or protective boot.
While we wait official word from the team, it is a good sign that the Arizona Cardinals should have their expected starter at nose tackle healthy for the first time.
Peters was one of the gems of the 2015 off season class, a proven interior defensive lineman with the ability to anchor against the run, but also push the pocket as needed.
When he went down in 2015, it left a hole in the defensive line. Rodney Gunter exceeded all expectations, but having to move everyone up the depth charts created less depth, and by the end of the season, the defensive line was a shell of what it was even four or five weeks earlier.
Peters health is one of the keys to the defensive line having not only depth, but positional flexibility, to allow defensive coordinator James Bettcher to utilize his players in matchup's, but also keep them healthy and fresh for the late season grind.
Update: Bruce Arians confirmed it is plantar fasciaitis, Peters should be back.