Sean Weatherspoon on target to return for St. Louis game

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 – While the rest of the team had Friday off, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was at the facilities working out with the training staff.

Weatherspoon, the team’s first round draft pick from the University of Missouri, has been out with a right knee sprain since the Cleveland game on Oct. 10. He’s made a great deal of progress and will likely return against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 21.

“We are hoping that Spoon will be ready to go this week,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We saw some progress on Monday and Tuesday, but it just wasn’t enough to put him out there for the ball game this week.”

Weatherspoon did some running on Friday morning.

“He’ll be spending the weekend here with our athletic performance team,” Smith said. “We need Sean Weatherspoon to get back out on the field for us and he’s doing everything in his power with the trainers to get back out there.”

Weatherspoon started the first three games of the season at strongside linebacker before suffering an ankle injury against New Orleans. He missed the San Francisco game.

He was re-injured against Cleveland when it appeared he took a helmet shot to the knee. He has missed the last four games.

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falcon in Memphis

November 12th, 2010
3:27 pm

Great news!! Just in time for our stretch run!

roscoe

November 12th, 2010
3:28 pm

Let’s not hurry this guy back. We will need him later in the season

roscoe

November 12th, 2010
3:29 pm

Could it be that little ol me was in the head of the pack today?

chc4

November 12th, 2010
3:34 pm

I understand being somewhat private about injuries but when a guy is questionable for like 4 weeks and doesn’t play, that’s just dumb.

Getaway

November 12th, 2010
3:39 pm

I like this new format, ensures the first thing I read won’t be “First”.
Good thing about having 10 days off is that the Falcons should be back to nearly full strength. Bad thing is we have to wait 10 days to see them play again. Seems like just last week we had to go a long time between games.

suwaneefalcon

November 12th, 2010
3:45 pm

Don’t rush it Training Staff, we need him 100%.

FALCONSFAN

November 12th, 2010
3:47 pm

Nice to see a comeback in Mizzou by a guy from Mizzou.

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D Money

November 12th, 2010
3:58 pm

Well at least we shouldn’t have to worry about him hitting that rookie wall with all the games that he has missed so far. I think we will really need him for the rest of the year. The lambs are a good team for him to come back to play and hopefully tee off on the QB

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
3:59 pm

Marriam Webster’s dictonary defines Sean Witherspoon:

Bust, waste of money, injry prune, one who can not live up to unrealsitic expetations. See also Perrier Jerry.

Just Sayin

November 12th, 2010
4:01 pm

Fish House,,, Get A Life!! Go Birds!

Ameer

November 12th, 2010
4:03 pm

who peed in your coke? let the man do his thing……..

Just Sayin

November 12th, 2010
4:03 pm

Witherspoon will be a force for Atlanta for years to come! Had no injury problems at Mizzou. Why would it start now Joe Tess?

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
4:13 pm

Witherspoon hasnt played in half the games. That define injry prone.

FalconsFan

November 12th, 2010
4:16 pm

Joe Tess Fish House, Witherspoon hasn’t played in ANY Falcons games… look it up.

PlanB

November 12th, 2010
4:26 pm

Fish – William Moore missed all the games last year and people like you said he was a bust.

St. Louis is a good team with Bradford. Not a pushover anymore. We had better be ready.

Excellent game last night. Falcons are a great team with good depth, and they will keep improving.

I don’t like reading these posts from bottom to top and the numbers are right to left. Other than that, all is well. Go Falcons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
4:27 pm

I never said Moore was a bust. I was not here last year.

PlanB

November 12th, 2010
4:35 pm

Then learn from Moore’s injury. Harry Douglas was out all last year, William Moore and many more in the NFL. Missing a few games does not necessarily make them injury prone.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
4:37 pm

Hay plan b.

I am not alkin abut last year Im talking about now. Fist round pick not contributing 2 the team is a bust.

Nuff said!

1911A1

November 12th, 2010
4:42 pm

Fish Head’s a troll. Don’t feed it.

Charles Dimry

November 12th, 2010
4:47 pm

Hey D-Led , Coach Smith gave your first name away during today’s press conference…

senior falcon'

November 12th, 2010
4:54 pm

Fish Smell – If you and others want to critique W-e-a-t-h-e-rs-p-o-o-n’s performance, why don’t you first, learn to spell his name. Also, he has already contributed to the team and will continue to do so. Now, as to Jerry. The jury is still out.

JEB

November 12th, 2010
4:54 pm

Where is Peria Jerry??
What is the latest for him?
I saw him in for a couple of downs in the Bucs game,
but he has almost vanished.

Gamer

November 12th, 2010
4:55 pm

WOW!! To get the Spoon back for upcoming road games will be huge to have his closing speed and hard crushing jarring hits back in the linebackers corp.

No knock on Nicholas because he have done a great job. But he doesn’t possess the powerful speed needful in pass coverage on speedy backs and fast tightends.

As long as the Spoon is near a 100% physically then I say bring the SPOON back.

WHAT A GREAT GAME BY THE FALCONS AND RAVENS!!!. BOTH TEAMS PLAYED SUPERBLY WELL CONSIDERING THE SHORT TURN-AROUND GAME FROM SUNDAY TO THURSDAY NIGHT.

RYAN PASSED THE BALL AROUND WITH CONVICTION!!!! WHAT A CATCH BY JENKINS. THAT PARTICULAR PASSING ROUTE SEEMS TO BE HIS AND RYAN SIGNATURE ROUTE TO STAGE COMEBACK WINS..

AND I THOUGHT THE OFFICIALS DID A GREAT JOB BY NOT CALLING PASS INTERFERENCE ON RODDY EACH TIME HE USED HIS ARM TO PUSH AWAY FROM THE LITTLE DEFENDER WHO WAS APPARENTLY GRABBING RODDY. RODDY HAD TO MAKE ROOM FOR HIMSELF AND THE BALL BY SHOVING LITTLE DEFENDER OFF HIM.. GOOD WAY TO BE AGGRESSIVE RODDY!!!

NEXT UP RAMS, A VERY SOLID TEAM CAPABLE OF BIG PLAYS. FALCONS MUST UTILIZE THE TEN DAYS TO REST, EXERCISING TO RE-STRENGTHEN PLAYERS BODY AND DO FILM STUDY.

Ray Lewis hits like a girl

November 12th, 2010
4:56 pm

Finally! Now maybe Joe Tess Fish-F*cker will stop calling him a bust!!

FALCONS FEVER!!!!

November 12th, 2010
4:56 pm

JEB the only time I saw Peria Jerry is when he got blasted from the blind side, lol.

butt hurt saints fan that can't please his wife

November 12th, 2010
4:57 pm

Joe Tess Fish House is a BUST!!!

big don

November 12th, 2010
5:01 pm

Let me guess. Darius, Demarcus, Dervoisier or Dontavius or D’metrius or Deangelo. Maybe it’s Dunta (Pronounced Dante’)

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

Hay Ray Lewis girlie man……You wanna go? Huh? You wanna scrap? N E place N E time pal.

Just Sayin

November 12th, 2010
5:09 pm

Joe Fish House = Seen this B4

Just Sayin

November 12th, 2010
5:11 pm

Loser ‘Aint fans on our blog. go figure!

Frozen Rope

November 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

INJURY PRUNE,,,,, BAHAHAHAHA
From Camaro Joe Fish Tea
Marriam Webster’s dictonary defines Sean Witherspoon:

Bust, waste of money, injry prune, one who can not live up to unrealsitic expetations. See also Perrier Jerry.

Frozen Rope

November 12th, 2010
5:16 pm

Hey Joe,, if you have a dictionary why dont you use it,, your hard to follow sometimes bro

Frozen Rope

November 12th, 2010
5:17 pm

Spoon is Injury Prune

Frozen Rope

November 12th, 2010
5:25 pm

Enter your comments here

Falcon Jim

November 12th, 2010
5:31 pm

Joe looks it up in his “Fish and Wagnalls” dictionary.

Ray Lewis hits like a girl

November 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

Go where, Joe Tess? To your mom’s house? Fact is, I’m already here. If you keep making trouble, I’ll tell your mom.

In bed.

Frozen Rope

November 12th, 2010
5:47 pm

Joe Tess wants to scrap,,,, now thats funny

Frozen Rope

November 12th, 2010
5:48 pm

He’s mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore

RobbE33

November 12th, 2010
5:50 pm

Having seen the Ryan-Flacco game, I must say that the prospects of Peyton-Carson , Tom-Ben, Brett-Jay, Michael-Donovan, et. al., have paled by comparison. They’ll have their work laid out for them this weekend but I don’t see any of them matching the drama and craft as demonstrated in Thursday’s matchup. Shoot, we won’t even have Rivers to lean on this weekend. Oh well, the 21st isn’t that far away. Nice work, Falcons, but there’s lot’s more to chop.

Justin

November 12th, 2010
6:53 pm

One reason it will be nice to have Spoon back is to have his speed when the other team runs reverses on the Falcons. Atlanta has not covered those very well this year, and I think Spoon will help with that.

alanfalcon

November 12th, 2010
6:56 pm

I can’t believe that Turner is not geting a hold lot of Hi-Fives for the hit he laid on Ray Lewis, I thought for awhile that Lewis would not be able to come back in the game, I do believe that was probalby the hardest he has ever been hit. GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!

alanotafalcon

November 12th, 2010
7:50 pm

PLayers don’t celebrate another player getting injured, it’s called class.

Falcon Jim

November 12th, 2010
7:59 pm

But it’s still football, damit. When a blocker crushes a defender like Turner did to the Killer, man it’s sweet. No, nobody wants anyone injured, but it is still a game of physically overtaking the other team. alanatofalcon, when this is a problem, just forget it and go to the ballet. (Nothing wrong with ballet, just a different world.)

Falcon Jim

November 12th, 2010
9:03 pm

For all those that just can’t enjoy 7 – 2, there will be a meeting of the Atlanta Pessimist Club
on Friday the 13th. It is at 1313 Lucky Street at 13::00.

Bring your grumpy dispositions, your bag of gripes and your list of complaints.
Sour grapes and sauerkraut will be served for lunch.

GHunt

November 12th, 2010
10:53 pm

Great game, no let down for the hams or I mean Rams. We have a chance to really take control of the divison and the NFC.
Let’s give OC Mularkey credit, this was his best play selection game. The Ravens were caught completely off guard with our pass first game plan.
The hams will have to plan for a very versitile offense. Turner will run wild on November 21. All hail the new power in the NFL,our Atlanta Falcons.

decide

GHunt

November 13th, 2010
12:26 am

DOL, What did Ray Lewis have to say after the hit, oh, I mean block leveled on him by MTurner. Lewis had to leave the game and appeared to be in lot of pain on the sideline. Has he ever been hit harder by anyone else?

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Falcon57

November 13th, 2010
10:11 am

I agree, that was an awesome hit leveled by Turner on Lewis. Lewis has made his mark in the NFL by the hits he puts on offensive players and has run his mouth accordingly. Even their coach made reference to his teams physical play when interviewed on the field. It was great to see them get punched in the mouth. I was expecting Mughelli to be the one to smack him but was very please to see Turner catch him straight up and leave him on the ground while Turner returned to the huddle. Lewis wasn’t INJURED as the one post stated earlier, he simply has his bell RUNG!!!! GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

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