Former University of Kentucky standout Corey Peters, who was expected to start at nose tackle for the Arizona Cardinals, will miss the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during Wednesday's practice. Peters also missed part of the 2013 season after tearing his right Achilles while with the Atlanta Falcons.
Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians made the announcement about Peters' injury Thursday afternoon.
"He's had that feeling before," Arians told ESPN, referring to Peters' 2013 injury. "Obviously, he's devastated. He's bounced back from it kind of like (quarterback) Carson (Palmer) has a second time around. It's really devastating because he was having such a great camp, but he should be able to bounce back mentally quicker."
Rodney Gunter, a rookie drafted in the fourth round, will move up to No. 1 on the depth chart at nose tackle.
"The NFL is not if you’re going to get hurt — you’re going to get hurt," defensive end Cory Redding said in a report on the Cardinals' website. "We lost a brother and a teammate, but we've got to keep going. The young boys have got to step up. Some guys have to grow up really quick."
Peters, who also starred at Louisville Central High School, played all of his first five NFL seasons with Atlanta. He has 146 tackles, including 11 quarterback sacks, and one interception during his career.
The Cardinals signed Peters to a three-year, $10.5 million deal in March.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who was teammates with Peters in Atlanta before both signed as free agents, said in a report on the Cardinals' website that he spent time with Peters on Wednesday night after Peters learned his season was over before it really started. Weatherspoon said Peters is more equipped to handle the injury this time around.
"To see him then and to see him now, I feel a lot better about where he is mentally," Weatherspoon said.