Sean Weatherspoon back from his knee 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 — Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who’s been out with a right knee sprain since Oct. 10, returned to practice on Thursday.

“It felt pretty good just to get out there with the guys instead of just watching,” said Weatherspoon, who was limited in practice. “It just made me feel a whole lot comfortable about myself. I was out there running around, cutting and making different movements. It felt pretty good.”

Weatherspoon, whom the Falcons selected in the first round of the 2010 draft with the 19th pick, opened the season as

Pierre Thomas flips into the endzone on the Falcons.  (MATT BUSH/HATTIESBURG AMERICAN)

Pierre Thomas flips into the endzone on the Falcons. (MATT BUSH/HATTIESBURG AMERICAN)

the starter at strongside linebacker. In the third game of the season against New Orleans he suffered an ankle injury and missed one game.

He returned for the Cleveland game and took a helmet shot to his knee late in the game. Stephen Nicholas has started the last four games at strongside linebacker.

“Stephen’s played well in his role. . . in both our base and our sub package,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “And that’s a good problem to have, to have guys you can feel confident in that they can come in and play. We’re excited to get Sean back with the way he started the season with us.”

The Falcons staff will evaluate Weatherspoon’s range or motion and lateral movement over the next few days to see if he’s ready to return to the lineup.

“I was still a little rusty,” Weatherspoon said. “I’ve got to get back into the swing of things. I just look forward to getting back into the film room today and getting back in the film room tomorrow to get ready for practice.”

Weatherspoon had to rehab over the bye week and stayed behind last weekend to continue his rehab when the rest of the team had the weekend off after playing last Thursday.

“It was real tough because I just want to help,” Weatherspoon said. “I want to make plays and have fun out there. Sitting on the sidelines is not fun when you wish you could be out there.”

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60 comments Add your comment

Coleman

November 18th, 2010
3:33 pm

Would love to see Spoon back in the lineup.

Rikus

November 18th, 2010
3:45 pm

joewhite

November 18th, 2010
3:48 pm

Dont rush spoon, we missed ya but I want and need you healthy for the playoff run, stephen has done an outstanding job

jay

November 18th, 2010
3:50 pm

I’m still thinking next week, but good to see him in practice.

Gamer

November 18th, 2010
3:53 pm

Is the SPOON back!!! DON’T PLAY WITH US NOW(BERNIE MAC STYLE)…

WARNING TO ALL SPEEDY RUNNING BACKS AND FAST TIGHTENDS.

THE SPOON IS BACK!!!!

Frozen Rope

November 18th, 2010
3:55 pm

Good to have Spoon back on the Rooster!

Not Don Waddell

November 18th, 2010
4:06 pm

Got to give credit for Nicholas for playing good ball in Spoon’s absence, but, make no mistake, Spoon is a playmaker that will be huge for us down the stretch.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 18th, 2010
4:23 pm

I totally agree….it is great to have Spoon back in the line-up. Hopefully this will help provide a much needed boost to the defense. GO FALCONS!!!!

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Lucky

November 18th, 2010
4:37 pm

Ill beleive it win I see it.

jerseyfalcon

November 18th, 2010
4:48 pm

I hope they didn’t push sppon, or he over pushed himself, to play for his home town crowd. Rather get a win the risk him going on IR

FrontRow

November 18th, 2010
5:07 pm

D’led is Thursday the practice day Falcons install the D plan?

RUDE DOGG

November 18th, 2010
5:12 pm

I say don’t rush it;another week of rest and studying film wont hurt him.We got the Rams!!!

nthny

November 18th, 2010
5:17 pm

I do not want spoon to rush it,but if he feel it time, then it`s time.He want to get out there,and do somethings,to help his team.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

November 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

I think the coaching staff has been taking their time with him. I don’t think they would let him back in the game if he wasn’t ready. Same thing goes for Jerry. It is apparent they are handling these players cautiously, as they should. We will need them in January and hopefully, faithfully, February.

Go Falcons!!!

MITIronman

November 18th, 2010
5:43 pm

Hey DoL, are the Falcons running screens and reverses in practice to improve our defense?

Go Rams

November 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

I just gots to say that the Falcons is a joke. They just barely have squeeked by to get the wins they got. They is much better teams in the NFL; Rams, Bucs, Saints, Giants, Patriots, Jets, etc to Just to name a few. It won’t matter much if Witherspoon is playing or not. When the falcons cut Vick, they destiny was fulfilled. The Falcon have shown that they only 1/2 as good on the road and when Sunday role around, we will see them in true form—SORRY as always!!! Falcon- Your luck has run out.

homeboy

November 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

Go Rams……u may need to spend ur time learning the English language instead of commenting on our page

Redoubt

November 18th, 2010
6:16 pm

Better to heal him up than play him half-healed and make it worse. We need him for the lang haul.

Super Bowl or Bust!

Redoubt

November 18th, 2010
6:18 pm

@Go Rams

Hot damn… a Rams fan is on our playground!

Fred Macmurray

November 18th, 2010
6:35 pm

Good to have Spoon back in the fold,, He seems like such a nice young man…

Fred Macmurray

November 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

@RamsFan

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

DC Falcon Fan

November 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

@Go Rams

Your team is 4-5 in a division with Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona. Sure…the Rams are better.

ToccoaBird

November 18th, 2010
6:40 pm

Take your time spoon. Depend on your teammates. We will need you more next month and on into the playoffs. But we are glad to have the spoon back

SeenThisB4

November 18th, 2010
6:54 pm

Ahem, …….Weatherspoon is still a rookie. He has what? Four NFL games behind him? Not even that, he didn’t play the second half against the Saints, and didn’t play the whole game against Cleveland. He might be more of a hinderance than a plus for the falcan’ts. Let him play!

@ D. Orlando Ledbetter: I didn’t say you can’t dance better than Bristol, hell even Kurt Warner can dance better than Bristol, but he’s gone, Brandy’s gone, and ole Bristol is going to the finals! No way you would have outlasted her! Hell, not even Michael Jackson would have outlasted her, he’s been fairly stiff lately.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

SeenThisB4

November 18th, 2010
7:17 pm

@ATLIEN: All the ones that are sitting on the Saints bench would qualify at this point.

Thunderdome?! You must mean the blundershome. You’re just going to have to wait, like all the rest of the children in ATL, for Christmas to see the Saints!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

D-Dubs33

November 18th, 2010
7:21 pm

If spoon isn’t 100% don’t play him. we’re on a roll without him. they’ll need him down the stretch

India

November 18th, 2010
7:21 pm

Spoon you da man, welcome back to the lineup. Just in time to participate in the destruction of the Rams.

NorthFlaFalcon

November 18th, 2010
7:43 pm

Why does everyone say we can’t play on the road. We went to Pitt and took them to overtime and we beat the Saints in N.O. We also won in the Cleve. Not too shabby. GO BIRDS.

PlanB

November 18th, 2010
8:19 pm

Isn’t it great to have a team with enough depth to where we are OK to want our 1st round pick to make sure he is ready before coming back to play. We’ve never had this much depth before.
Eight DL and I don’t care which of them are in there. Nicholas at LB doing a good job. 3 good safeties. 4 respectable corners (remember QB’s complete about 1/2 their passes) Not bad and we’re getting better.

Falcon Jim

November 18th, 2010
9:54 pm

Everyone, just ignore:

Joe Tess, Tea Party, Camero Bob, (the new guy) Lucky, Cheese Steak, Kwew, and a few others I just can’t recall at the moment……………………

But most of all……………the Father of them all…………………..

SeenThisB4.

(Now this “Go Rams” is another brother. COMPLETELY IGNORE! ! !)

BIGBEN42

November 18th, 2010
9:56 pm

Nicholas has done a very good job in Spoon’s absence.We are going to need everybody this season.It’s a long rode to the SUPERBOWL. GO FALCON!!

FalconsFan284

November 18th, 2010
11:19 pm

Seenthis—–You come here to stir things up? I know I’ve seen you write that before. Here’s the problem I have, you never offer anything more than saying the Saints are better. Map it out for me young one. How are the Saints better this season? Break it down for us all, if you can. I’ll even start you off, though it has nothing to do with this season, the Saints won the Superbowl last season. Now, what else do you have?

Robinit

November 18th, 2010
11:41 pm

Spoon adds great depth in pass coverage and his lateral movement on running plays is truly remarkable. Four games is plenty of experience for a guy as athletic as him!

Mike is back

November 18th, 2010
11:53 pm

Dled, I’m like MSmith…Hey I’m ecstatic…to get Spoon back. Hey I love Matty Ice and Roddy White…they are my boys…but everybody got those jerseys’…I’m ma go with the 56…Dude is going to be a star…Dude reminds me of Neon Deon…Halla @ boy.

GO Birds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE CURSE OF BRETT FAVRE LIVES IN ATL

November 19th, 2010
1:46 am

STILL LIVES!

LaJames Holman ( P.T.)

November 19th, 2010
2:56 am

The spoon is back & Guess Wat ? You can’t run from the police ( spoon knw this )

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panic

November 19th, 2010
7:35 am

THAT SPOON THAT SPOON THAT SPOONFULL JUST A LITTLE SPOONFULL OF YOUR PRECIOUS PAIN TAKES THE RAMS RIGHT OUT OF THE GAME ,IT WILL TAKE ALL OUR WACKER BACKERS TO KEEP RAMS IN CK AT HOME , SO RISE ON UP MY PRECIOUS SPOONFULL

welikebaseball2

November 19th, 2010
8:18 am

SeenThisB4: So…you’re actually hoping we let Spoon play? Careful what you ask for! There’s no doubt that he makes us a better defense. Nicholas has been more than solid, but Spoon is a playmaker.

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Falcon Jim

November 19th, 2010
9:36 am

Go Rams = SeenThisB4.

Sarah B

November 19th, 2010
10:26 am

Go Rams = SeenThisB4 = Falcon Sorry = Joe Tess….

LOL

November 19th, 2010
11:53 am

Sarah B and Falcon Jim got it right

Falcons 4 Real

November 19th, 2010
12:36 pm

Amen to Jim and Sarah.
Spoon! Great to have our Spoon back but if there’s any question at all sit him another week. With Johnathan Stewart, Bush and Thomas still on the schedule I’d rather have him for the long haul and Nicholas has been playing well in the interim.

JB FALCON

November 19th, 2010
12:40 pm

THANK YOU DOL! Your blog is back in order, printed as received. Looking forward to ready some more great articles, in order.

Fred Macmurray

November 19th, 2010
12:50 pm

SeenThisB4 = multiple personality disorder. But he’s still seems like a nice young man.

Steve C

November 19th, 2010
12:53 pm

Sara B, you are spot on. The intentional misspellings are too obvious; they are very likely all the same person. It’s about time that the AJC requires a registration and a log-in as well as a set screen name in order to post, much like other newspapers do. Though I doubt SeenThisB4 is one of the split personalities, he or she doesn’t make the types errors that you see in the other posts.

One more thing, it is SO EASY to post an upset prediction like the Rams over the Falcons. If you’re right the you get the benefit of coming back and spouting off about how smart you are. If you’re wrong, then you either stay away for a few days or say that the Falcons were supposed to win and that the Rams aren’t even a .500 team in the weakest conference in football, etc.

Fred Macmurray

November 19th, 2010
1:10 pm

the imposters make a mockery of all these blogs

JRFalcons09

November 19th, 2010
2:54 pm

Spoooooooooooooooon!!!!!!!