FLOWERY BRANCH – Rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who opened the season as a starter and is the tied for the lead as the team’s top tackler, suffered an ankle injury and missed practice on Wednesday.
He was carted off the field on Sunday in overtime of the 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
“In the ball game, he left the game with cramps,” head coach Mike Smith said. “But 24 hours after the game he was starting to feel the ankle. When the adrenaline wore off he had an ankle issue and we’re hoping that we’ll get him back out tomorrow and get him some reps.”
Weatherspoon and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton lead the team with 27 tackles each.
Safety Erik Coleman, who has missed the last two games with a left knee injury, returned to practice. Coleman and wide receiver Michael Jenkins (shoulder) were limited in practice.
“It was good to see Erik out there participating,” Smith said.