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Non-football injury cost Falcons’ Corey Peters nearly $100,000

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Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters was placed on the non-football injury list after hurting his foot during the offseason, and that cost him nearly $100,000.

Although neither Peters nor the Falcons have said how Peters hurt his foot, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com writes that the Falcons weren’t happy with whatever Peters did, and as a result they chose not to pay him his full salary during his seven weeks on the non-football injury list.

The Falcons continued to pay Peters during those seven weeks, but they paid him at a rate as if he were making $303,000 in base salary. He actually makes $540,000 in base salary. So he was paid $17,824 a week for those seven weeks, whereas his normal base salary would earn him $31,765 a week. That means he lost $13,941 a week for seven weeks, or a total of $97,587.

NFL teams don’t have to pay players while they’re missing time for non-football injuries, although many teams choose to keep paying players, especially if they suffered their injuries working out on their own or otherwise trying to stay in shape during the offseason. There’s still no word on how Peters got hurt, but now that he’s back on the 53-man roster he’s back to making his normal salary.

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23 Responses to “Non-football injury cost Falcons’ Corey Peters nearly $100,000”
  1. tommccrossin says: Oct 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    Obviously he’s worked really hard to get where he is. But getting paid $18000 a week for rehabbing a foot wouldn’t hurt my feelings

  2. sactogary says: Oct 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    Poor guy. Did he have to move back in with his parents?

  3. zaggs says: Oct 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    Ain’t no basketball game worth 100k.

  4. thekiller678 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    Wonder what he did

  5. beckzhere says: Oct 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    This kid is a stud. The Falcons line is exponentially better with him on it.

  6. canetic says: Oct 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    I’m sure he had the foresight to purchase disability insurance from the NFLPA.

  7. randallflagg52 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:49 PM

    Wow stay classy Atlanta.

  8. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: Oct 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    I hope he was able to feed his kids.

  9. cowboyswin says: Oct 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    we should all chip in what we can to help him live the life style he is use to. poor guy only got $17,824 a week for 7 weeks.

  10. breadslicer says: Oct 26, 2012 1:18 PM

    As clearly stated above, the Falcons didn’t have to pay him at all.

    So you were right it was indeed rather classy.

  11. skins716 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    wish I made $17,000 a week!

  12. thraiderskin says: Oct 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    I like Arthur Blank… I bet Peters is only getting paid through the kindness of his(Blank’s) heart, otherwise, I doubt the guy(Peters) deserves anything. I hope that kindness is repaid in kind to Blank.

  13. sactogary says: Oct 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    Maybe it happened during his Riverdance audition.

  14. mikealstott says: Oct 26, 2012 1:32 PM

    I bet he dropped his wallet on his foot and broke it….

  15. flavordave says: Oct 26, 2012 1:49 PM

    The term “stay classy…” Needs to be laid to rest.

  16. htowntexan says: Oct 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    sure he still got paid some, but this is the sign of a classless organization. all other teams pay their players when then get hurt doing athletic activities in the off season. stay classy Atlanta

  17. rajbais says: Oct 26, 2012 2:09 PM

    Steve Foley in San Diego got worse.

    In 2004, Foley got $750,000 taken away after being shot in three different of his body by an off-duty police officer while he was drunk.

  18. tsizzlehotpiss says: Oct 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    “Steve Foley in San Diego got worse.

    In 2004, Foley got $750,000 taken away after being shot in three different of his body by an off-duty police officer while he was drunk.”
    _______________________________

    Because getting a public intox and menacing law enforcement officers relates to football how, exactly?

  19. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    It’s too bad he’s missed some of the regular season as those are the glory days for the Falcons.
    He’s back just in time to finish the season and implode in another playoff game.

  20. sb44champs says: Oct 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    flavordave says:
    Oct 26, 2012 1:49 PM
    The term “stay classy…” Needs to be laid to rest.
    ===========================
    Yeah, and also the term “just shut up…”(Drew Brees) as well…

  21. granadafan says: Oct 26, 2012 3:57 PM

    He was simply helping Jeff Kent wash his truck.

  22. I'm Judgemental says: Oct 26, 2012 4:42 PM

    Let the tiny violin players commence. But just so you know, these guys get paid ZERO dollars per week once the season is over, and usually only last 3-4 years in the league anyways. $100K is a lot of money, especially for players that don’t make 7 figure salaries.

  23. ajchargers says: Oct 27, 2012 3:22 AM

    I’m Judgemental says:
    Oct 26, 2012 4:42 PM
    Let the tiny violin players commence. But just so you know, these guys get paid ZERO dollars per week once the season is over, and usually only last 3-4 years in the league anyways. $100K is a lot of money, especially for players that don’t make 7 figure salaries.

    ================================================

    We all know they don’t get paid during the off season.. But what I do know is that he’ll still make more this season, than I have in the last decade.

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