FLOWERY BRANCH – The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test revealed that rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered a sprained right knee against the Cleveland Browns, Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Wednesday.
He didn’t practice with the team on Wednesday.
“We are going to hold him out definitely tomorrow and then we’ll look at what happens on Friday and Saturday and make a determination,” Smith said.
Weatherspoon, the team’s first round pick in the 2010 draft out of Missouri, has started four games at strongside linebacker. He is third on the team with 32 tackles.
Weatherspoon suffered an ankle injury against New Orleans on Sept. 26. He missed the San Francisco game and returned against Cleveland before getting injured in the third quarter.
Stephen Nicholas, who started at the position in 2009, started for Weatherspoon against San Francisco and took his spot against Cleveland.
Nicholas led the team in tackles against San Francisco with 13. He also had a fourth quarter interception against Cleveland.
Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee), tight end Justin Peelle (groin) and defensive end John Abraham (stiff back) were limited in practice.