Injury Report: Weatherspoon is questionable for Eagles game

Stephen Nicholas (54) will replaced Sean Weatherspoon in the starting lineup in he can play against the Eagles. Here, Nicholas is flying over the top of the pile of Falcons as they stop the 49ers' Frank Gore (21) in the first quarter. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Stephen Nicholas (54) will replaced Sean Weatherspoon in the starting lineup in he can play against the Eagles. Here, Nicholas is flying over the top of the pile of Falcons as they stop the 49ers' Frank Gore (21) in the first quarter. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice on Friday and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

He has not practiced since suffering a right knee sprain  against Cleveland.

If Weatherspoon is unable to play, Stephen Nicholas will start at strongside linebacker against the Eagles.

Also, defensive end John Abrabam (stiff back) and tight end  Justin Peelle (groin) were limited in practice.

Wide receiver Brian Finneran (knee) and linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee) were listed on the report, but fully participated in practice.

Out  = definitely will not play

Doubtful  = at least 75% chance will not play

Questionable = 50-50 chance will not play

Probable = virtual certainty will be available for normal duty

All Clubs are required to provide the NFL office and issue to local media the names of injured players who missed any portion of 11-on-11 team work on Friday (and updated on Saturday and Sunday, if applicable).

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Post-It

October 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

So great to finally see Jenkins off that list.

Joe Tess Fish House

October 15th, 2010
4:39 pm

Spoon is a bust if he cant stay healty.
Jenkins is a fist round bust too.

Resign or Resign?

October 15th, 2010
4:42 pm

Nicholas has impressed with his play this year; maybe he just needed ‘Spoon to push him. Still, hope ‘Spoon returns soon. GO FALCONS!!

Resign or Resign?

October 15th, 2010
4:43 pm

Always the rosy optimist, aren’t we, Joe!

ymmotretsof

October 15th, 2010
4:52 pm

Hey Fish Mouth can you tell us what you really think…..don’t beat around the bush…spit it out boy!!!

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Post-it

October 15th, 2010
5:06 pm

Joe, are you real? I keep reading your inane posts and think it’s all some big joke. You must be one of Seenthisb4’s multiple blog personalities.

Steve C

October 15th, 2010
5:08 pm

Agreed Post-it, Joe Tess obviously has an axe to grind. There are some players on the Eagles team that are missing time due to an injury too…are they a bust as well??

dajoker

October 15th, 2010
5:35 pm

JTFH is not a Eagle fan.. He is STB4….. AND the light bulb is starting to shine on the fact that, THE Aints 15mins of fame are UPPPP!!!! ATL RISE UPP!!!!!!

Just Sayin

October 15th, 2010
5:36 pm

SeenthisB4 = Joe Fish House Loser

Samuel

October 15th, 2010
5:41 pm

Next Man up……

senior falcon

October 15th, 2010
5:44 pm

If Spoon is a bust I hope we draft several more “busts” next year. BTW, what is that fish smell around here?

GregKennesaw

October 15th, 2010
5:51 pm

Fish blame it on your genes man, you can’t fix stupid, maybe slap yo mama next time you see her. Yo’ daddy? your guess is as good as mine

Tom Pridemore was tuff

October 15th, 2010
6:05 pm

The birds have some breathing room….tomorrow is not a must win….but I hope and think we win…it’s a toss up according to the fat guys in Vegas…I’m gonna “man-up” and and say Facons win…we played just so-so the last 2 weeks…Sunday we bring our A game….any takers/believers..??

Tom Pridemore was tuff

October 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

I meant Sunday…not 2tomorrow

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

October 15th, 2010
6:49 pm

If Spoon is banged up, why risk putting him out there. sit him for the 1st half, see how he feels, then play him. if not, we have solid depth to cover him. makes no sense in ruining a first round pick. get him ready for the bengals…would love to see him smack TO & Ocho.

Falconite

October 15th, 2010
7:44 pm

No reason to rush Spoon to play, it seems that MS and TD learned their lesson last year rushing injuries.

JTFH- How can you begin to call a rookie LB who through 4 games has 29 tackles (25 solo, 4 assist) and 1 sack a bust draft pick. You normally dont REALLY know if a player is a bust until at least their 2nd or 3rd season, much less after 5 games in their rookie year. Please try to back up your opinions with some facts next time.

The Grinch

October 15th, 2010
7:45 pm

Definitely don’t play him ’till he’s right. We’ll need him down the stretch. Nicholas has played well anyway. As for our chances this weekend, I think we’re a better team than Philly but don’t underestimate how tired this team probably is after playing Cleveland. That was a brutal game. I still think if we can control the clock we can pull out a close one. If we can win one or both of these next two we’ll be sitting pretty after the bye. I KNOW we can go 11-5, and 12-4 is possible. Nobody’s pulling away in the NFC; if we don’t get ahead of ourselves we can slug out a #1 seed.

The Grinch

October 15th, 2010
7:47 pm

I meant to include Cleveland was a brutal game on top of two overtime games already.

Greg

October 15th, 2010
7:53 pm

Look for short slants from the wide-outs (and TE) and backs coming out of the backfield…the Eagles will know that when Nicholas is in and Spoon is out that we give up quite a bit in quickness and short-pass coverage. To be honest, we haven’t been that good defending the short pass even with Spoon in there.

BIGBEN42

October 15th, 2010
7:58 pm

This is a long season.We now seem to have a little depth. Play Nicholas the team will not miss a beat. GO FALCONS

senior falcon

October 15th, 2010
8:00 pm

Grinch–You are full of it. But, you are right on!

senior falcon

October 15th, 2010
8:02 pm

It smells much better in here. Did someone take out the garbage?

SawThat1nce

October 15th, 2010
8:17 pm

The Falcons will not need Witherspoon.
The Falcons will win this game by 14 points, at the very least.

Post-it

October 15th, 2010
8:50 pm

Hope you’re right, SawThat. If only to shut up John Kinkaid on 680 the fan. I like him as a sports commentator, but he’s a die hard Eagles fan and he keeps reminding us that we’re 1-7 against them over the past few years. As a city, we catch so much flak for our lack of fan support. But only in Transplantlanta could one of our leading sports personalities not be a fan of the home teams. Imagine that in a city like Philly. Sorry. Getting off subject here.

Joe Tess Fish House

October 15th, 2010
8:51 pm

I say he a bust cuz he is injruy prone.

Nuff said

Chris

October 15th, 2010
9:13 pm

JTFH,
Did yo mama not tell you that crack kills??
Put down that pipe slick.

The Dogkiller Returns

October 15th, 2010
9:43 pm

$500.00 says that at least one Seagulls fan has a sign at the game that says:

“THERE IS NO SPOON”

*rimshot*

John Tesh's Fish Shack

October 15th, 2010
9:44 pm

Why is the music here so damn BLAND???

Barkin'Dog

October 15th, 2010
10:36 pm

Having Jenkins in the lineup may open up the passing game a little more, like what happened for the Dawgs when AJ came back. I do see a break-out game for Ryan soon. If not this week on the road… soon… and hopefully often. Go Falcons – beat the Eagles – and you-know-who!!

Falcon Jim

October 16th, 2010
12:36 am

SeenThisB4,

Say goodnight to your boyfriend, Cheese Steak.

BirdFanscout

October 16th, 2010
6:50 am

Peter’s is becoming a force on the Dline. Watch him as he gets push up the middle.

Mountain Falcon

October 16th, 2010
6:57 am

Spoon has along carrer ahead of him and Nicolas is a good player, stick him in and he will be fine.
I am more concerned about Abes playing status vs the Eagles. I read the Eagles are having to play a rookie opposite him, on Sunday. If Abe can play at a high level, he can really disrupt their passing game along with the Bierman!!!

PMC

October 16th, 2010
10:02 am

he’ll play I think. I think they are just being smart with Abe, no reason for him to overuse his back until sunday. Get treatment..rest. He knows what he’s got to do at this point.

PMC

October 16th, 2010
10:03 am

Falcons will win tomorrow. I’m with you Mr. Pridemore!

Falcons, Class of the NFC

October 16th, 2010
11:05 am

Questionable means 50-50 but he hasn’t practiced all week. I think it’s more like doubtful. I’d love to see Spoon in there, cause “bust” or not, he’s fun to watch. Go FALCS!!

michwill36

October 16th, 2010
12:39 pm

spoon impresses me with his speed. he gonna get nicked up he plays hard. big improvement over brooking.

Stu

October 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

“Spoon is a bust if he cant stay healty.”

Damm, these dry wallers and dish washers are annoyingly stupid. Unless it’s a kid. They’re just ignorant.

ymmotretsof

October 16th, 2010
3:25 pm

It’s good to have people who can step when somebody is hurt. The defence seems to be set up so there isn’t much fall off anymore.

Big Ray

October 16th, 2010
8:03 pm

I hate for Spoon to not be in this game, and I’m sure he hates it even worse.

That said, I have to agree with those who say “don’t rush it.” Stephen Nicholas has been doing an admirable job in his absence, and he’s a solid LB.

On the subject of Mike Vick: don’t think he won’t be in this game, especially if Kolb struggles. Vick may not start (as Andy Reid is saying), but he’ll probably be suited up and ready. I’d expect some packages that have him in there to mess with our defense and try to throw us off. He’s dangerous, and the Eagles do have some legit receivers. In the meantime, keep up the pressure on Kolb. I’m thinking the Eagles will gauge how we do against Kolb before putting Vick in the game. Our defense likes to hit, and Reid will be watching to see how our D-line does against their O-line. Vick may be quicker, but the Eagles do NOT want to be stuck with him as the QB for the remainder of the season. That being the case, they won’t risk putting a less-than-100% Vick in the game too much against a defense that has more speed than it ever has, and might pound the crap out of Kolb. They’d prefer Kolb get pounded while Vick gets 100% healthy.

Big Ray

October 16th, 2010
8:04 pm

Meant to say the Eagles do NOT want to be stuck with KOLB for the rest of the season. I think they’re quite happy with Vick.

Big Ray

October 16th, 2010
8:05 pm

Spoon is no bust. Before he got injured, he led our much improved defense in tackles, and is quicker to the ball than any LB I’ve seen in the ATL for a while.

old qb

October 16th, 2010
11:37 pm

Football is a rough game at the pro level. Is Clay Mathews a bust–he’s missed time. Troy Whatshisname has been out with injury–is he a bust. How about our own M Turner out last year–so, he’s a bust too. Wake up you selfish idiots. Coach Smitty is too smart to risk a player’s career to further injure a player.
Oh yeah, Abraham has missed 32 games over the past years due to injury–you want to cut him too. Guys, either get a frontal labotomy or forget football and start going to soccer games.

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
1:16 am

There it is! I wondered what looser was going to drop spoon into a injury prone rant. Smells like stinking fish house to me. LOOSER

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
1:20 am

Joe fish house must not get any attention so he drops stupid statements here to get a rise out of everyone. Hey Joe you still live with MOMMY? Does she let you drive her car?Does she put you in time out? Does she still spank your little bottom? Joe you LOOSER!!

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
1:27 am

When family trees don’t have branches Joe Tess Fish House is what you get! I think his family was the stars of Deliverance! Wus yo daddy tha one maken pig sounds?

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
1:28 am

Hey Joe lets cut everyone who has ever been hurt and missed time!

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
1:33 am

Joe stick to doing what you do best. WASH THOSE DISHES BOY!

Chucktown

October 17th, 2010
1:35 am

Joe please please don’t think for yourself others could get hurt, they might become injury prone too.

Mr. Mustard

October 17th, 2010
9:35 am

Not only is pro football a tough sport, but so is blogging with this group. Whew, can’t have thin skin around here, you will get spanked and sent to bed. LOL.

I watched as Arthur Blank, Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith highed fived each other seriously happy when Spoon was announced as the draft pick and thought that it was clear they really wanted that guy.

I remember that slant-head Kyper saying Spoon was okay, but perhaps a reach. Well, isn’t Spoon at the top of the team in tackles, as a rookie?

The NFL network ran a bit on top rookies this year and Spoon was one of them. I think he is a keeper, and if he stays healthy he will be a star. If he stays healthy, you can say that about any football player.

Also, how about William Moore? I did start to question the Falcons’ commitment to Moore, but man o’ man that guy can play! Did not take him long to get into the starting lineup once he was healthy.

I remember many insiders and T.D. saying Moore is a stud, and he is. William Moore is good, and throw in Bierman, Jerry, Weatherspoon, and look at the talent we have drafted and playing for us.

Anyone remember Keith Brookings? Ah the good old days where slow and limited ruled the team.

Finally, I will be very happy to see Michael Jenkins in the lineup. There is a drop off when he is out of the game. Hope he has a big game and opens up some space for Roddy.

Excellent, excellent and I hope Vick plays and we stomp them.

I am stoked, go Falcons and hope you all have a great game day.