Sean Weatherspoon misses practice with an ankle injury

100813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon  puts pressure on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle (12) during 1st half action in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

100813 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon puts pressure on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle (12) during 1st half action in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

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.

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ATLboi08

September 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Hope to get spoon back soon

Ben Ben Right

September 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Where are the Saint turds?

Joe Tes Fish House

September 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

Man you know Vick never cramped up, he would just take a hit on the dank and be fine. Blank is so stupid for letting Vick go and not picking up T.O. I am a long time falcons fan I have been watching the falcons since Vick was drafted!!!

FrontRow

September 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

FYI Drew Brees practiced with a knee brace and Pierre Thomas DNP.

We beat those guys up!

33theburner33

September 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

if spoons ankle is barking come gameday just rest him. Stephen Nicholas is great high enenergy player as well. Hopefully Jenks can get back into the mix soon. The media and team definitley misled the fans on his injury return. HD needs to step it up a bit. I can’t see the 9′ers taking us down at home.

Big Rod

September 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

I like the way or defense is hitting now. We have some legit hitteron the team now like Peterson (who causes fumbles when he hits), Decoud (who knocked Portis out last year), Weatherspoon (who knocked a RB backwards on the sideline Sunday), and Moore (who knocked a Dolphin’s receiver silly in the preseason). Finally we can strike some fear in RBs and WRs.

Big Rod

September 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

Legit hitters on the team.

Willy

September 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Before everybody goes crazy, I’m quite certain that Joe Tesh Fish House was being sarcastic. And he did it quite well!

33theburner33

September 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

Joe tess…how bout that broken leg in pre season? How about him disgracing the team, and our city….while being the highest paid player…… He almost got kicked out of the league early this year with that shooting at his birthday party. Vick has played extremely well this year…against scrub teams. You and the rest of people who can’t seem to let Vick go should give it a rest. I wish him the best, but not in Atlanta.

Herb

September 29th, 2010
4:08 pm

When will the Vick idiots let it go. Vick is gone…gone. What do u folks not get. Vick this and Vick that. Good grief.

33theburner33

September 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

Big rod, don’t forget about lofton and babs. for that matter, how bout some hard hitting corners or at least good tacklers like Owens and D Rob.

retired

September 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

Joe Tes smells like fish to quote the Grateful Dead ” he’s gone he’s gone …. ain’t never comin’ back ” get the picture

Gamer

September 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

For Spoon to be a rookie, he laid soon timely crushing hits stopping runners on impact.

Hopefully, he heals quickly.

Once Jenkins get back healthy into the line-up the offense should crank more points on ground and in short yardage passing attacks.

Party Dude

September 29th, 2010
4:33 pm

If we still had Vick, Weatherspoon never would have been hurt in the first place!

Howie Long

September 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

TO TO TO TO TO TO TO TO TO TO TO………..joe fish, it gets SO old.

chainz

September 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

All you Vick Lovers are trippin……..he has a little success and all the sudden everyone thinks he’s the messiah….be real….I’m rooting for the man he’s paid his price…… If Matty Ice was Black you wouldn’t hear any of this Vick BS…….anybody that says its’ not a racial thing with Vick….your kidding yourself…… So Let Go…..get yourself a forty and forget about it…..

Wanda

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

We are doing just fine without Vick. I am glad he is playing in Phili. He doesn’t belong on our team. He has been gone for some time now. We don’t need him. I wish him the best but with the Falcon’s!!!

Falconian

September 29th, 2010
4:55 pm

This is becoming a Mike Smith defense though with multiple people at almost every position rotating in and out. When someone is not there it is not as big a deal.
Spoon is going to be a really good linebacker. Reminds me a little of Joel Williams out there.

zone6falconfan

September 29th, 2010
4:56 pm

joe puss i mean tess, your not a long time falcon fan if you started watching the falcons when we got Vick, yo sir are indeed a Vick fan, and thats cool, we all are or were at some point and time, a true fan stands by his team not just one particular player, cause when that player is gone, the team will still be here…so please do us “falcon fans” a favor and jump off the wagon while its still rolling and injure urself badly…GO FALCONS

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hope Spoon is not out this Sunday. We should put it to the 49ers in our house, but I consider them a dangerous team. They were many folks pre-season pick to take the NFC west and now they are 0-3. An 0-3 team can be dangerous if you drop your guard for even a minute. Especially after a big emotional win like last week. No let down. I do think this bunch of Birds are not the kind to have a let down like that. So looking forward to being in the dome this Sunday when we put it to the niners.

Willy

September 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

Yeah, if we still had Vick, every other team would forfeit every game against us and concede the Superbowl every year.

Chainz – that would have been a half decent comment until you threw the comment about the 40 in. Couldn’t help yourself, could you?

Joe Tes’s comment was sarcastic. RETIRED reiterated that and identified the reference. Pay attention, people.

Willy

September 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

ZONEFALCON – HE WAS JOKING!

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

And I am just fine with Vick being in Filthydelphia and not here.

Howie Long

September 29th, 2010
5:02 pm

Whats a “40?”

Falcon Jim

September 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

Gonna score 49 on the 49′ers ! ! !

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

A 40 is one more than a 39.

Willy

September 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

K-Bird, the Niners aren’t the Cowboys, but that game would serve as an example of your point. Houston was perfectly setup for an ass kicking and they got one.

I’m betting that Mike Smith is very aware of that and he will make sure his team is, too. Smith might be a little iffy on the sidelines with a tendency to throw red flags out of emotion and sometimes change his mind on 4th down calls (he’s just a 3rd year HC, keep in mind), but he knows the mindset of his teams. Atlanta won’t be ambushed by the factors that are so clear in Sundays game. A Jim Mora or Jerry Glanville team would be. That’s why Smith is the MAN.

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Or a shade less than a 41

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

Agree Willy. I do agree.

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
5:07 pm

And I have been a fan for a long long time so I remember being in the same division with the 49ers. I relish the idea of putting one on them this Sunday.

fedup

September 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

not racist hummmmmmmm, what does get a 40 imply? dumb — -

K Bird

September 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

TIme to go home and watch the Braves squish the fish.

Otis the Drunk

September 29th, 2010
5:15 pm

A 40 is a 40 oz. malt liquor!

Chuck Sheen

September 29th, 2010
5:23 pm

A 40 is five 8 balls of Columbia’s finest

William

September 29th, 2010
5:30 pm

Weatherspoon has looked even better than advertised so far. Seen some HUGE hits out there from him, my man Curtis Lofton and that tough-as-nails veteran Julian Peterson. We have a potentially devastating LB crew people, combining youth, experience, smarts and some big hits on the playing field.

Having said that, if Weatherspoon is dinged up, I do beleive Stephen Nicholas is a fine player. Maybe not as fired-up and ready to make a big play as Weatherspoon, but a guy who knows what to do out there and can get the job done on defense.

Jo Jo

September 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

The 2010 Falcons roster does not have Michael Vick on it. We have quaterback who is doing an great job against very good teams and it is time to move on past the woulda coulda shoulda. As for Vick who has played great in the last two weeks against…the Lions who have what??? Falcon castoff Chris Houston as a CB and then the hapless Jaguars. Neither of these teams define great and are suspect at best. So the comparisons should not be black or white but rather strength of the opponent.

William

September 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

MIKE Peterson!!!!!

Excuse me, Mike. Got a little carried away there.

Please take out your frustrations not on me but on the 49ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paddy

September 29th, 2010
5:32 pm

Joe Tess….Wow a Falcon fan all the way back to when Vick was drafted. Must seem like ages ago to you! You still lie Joe. You swore off the Falcons when the hometown team didn’t sign TO. Why are you hanging around? Two great people you look up to; Vick & TO. Bet you think OJ is not guility!!!! What a Maroon!!!

Jo Jo

September 29th, 2010
5:34 pm

BTW, Spoon will be ready Sunday.

Chucktown

September 29th, 2010
5:38 pm

Better watchout spoon all of the injury prone people out here might put you in with Norwood an Jenkins. Watch yourself

Otis the Drunk

September 29th, 2010
5:41 pm

Maroon/Moron….whatever Paddy! lol I agree with your point on Joe!

Chucktown

September 29th, 2010
5:42 pm

Who cares about VICK you want to talk about him go the a Eggells blog!! Loosers!!

Falcon Jim

September 29th, 2010
5:54 pm

Otis,

MAROON: quote Mr. Bugs Bunny, sir.

F-Troop

September 29th, 2010
6:08 pm

Niners are coming for some payback. They played the Saints tough. A new OC means they’ll be looking to open things up downfield and give Smith freer reins to change things at the line. Frank Gore is a load and can break one. Gotta demoralize him early. Right now they have more to fear from us than us from them, but “any given Sunday” is not just a cliche. They’re desperate to get in the “W” column but the Birds have to own the Dome, no excuses. Right now, ball control is our biggest weapon and we’re not exactly wowing people on 1st down.

mrzizzle

September 29th, 2010
6:14 pm

I can’t wait when ATL plays Philly and goes against Vick! I’m hoping Kroy Biermann puts a dog hurtin’ monster shot to Vick and takes that loser on a ONE-WAY trip to his backside! GO FALCONS!

Go Falcons!

September 29th, 2010
6:27 pm

Mrzizzle be careful what you wish for, I’m glad we let go of Vick for what he did, but I’m not going to act like he wasn’t a beast and one of the hottest QB’s in the game right now. That game might be interesting. We will definitely see how much speed we really have on defense.

FALCON SORRY

September 29th, 2010
6:33 pm

BLANK NOW THAT MV7 BETTER THAN RYAN. VICK SUPER BOWL MVP. BET

Singh is king

September 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

Is Vick winning games for falcon or philladelphia? Common man let him go or move to Philly.

nash

September 29th, 2010
6:56 pm

chainz you should be banded

Paddy O

September 29th, 2010
7:06 pm

FALCON SORRY – you are so in love with the jail bird life, eh? Don’t have anything better to base yor role models on? Vick should still be in jail, but birds of a feather stick together.