Falcons fantasy injury report: Clabo, Weatherspoon questionable

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Mike Johnson could make his first NFL start if Tyson Clabo can't answer the bell against Denver. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons starting right tackle Tyson Clabo (hip) and weakside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) were limited in practice Saturday and were listed on the official injury report as questionable for Monday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

The questionable designation means that the Falcons believe both starters have a 50 percent chance of playing.

If Clabo does not play, the Falcons would have to use their third tackle,  Mike Johnson is listed as the backup right tackle on the team’s depth chart. He has played in just three NFL games with no starts.

Clabo is set to matchup against Denver rookie defensive end Derek Wolfe and also be responsible at times for linebacker Von Miller when he rushes off the edge.

Left tackle Sam Baker is set to matchup against Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil.

“These two guys (Miller and Dumervil) are really good edge rushers,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.. “Between the two of them, they had 21 sacks last year, so they can bring it. They put a lot of pressure with their four man rush because they have two very good edge rushers.”

Wide receiver Roddy White (groin) and linebacker Robert James (knee) fully participated in practice and were listed as probable for the game.

For the Broncos, guard Chris Kuper (forearm) did not practice and was declared out for the game. Cornerback Chris Harris (ankle) and guard Phillip Blake (thumb) were listed as questionable.  Guard Manny Ramirez (elbow) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) were listed as probable.

FRIDAY’S INJURY REPORT

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons starting right tackle Tyson Clabo (hip) was added to the injury report on Friday.

Clabo, Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White (groin), starting weakside linebacker Sean Weatherspon (hamstring) and linebacker Robert James (knee) were limited in practice.

For the Broncos, cornerback Chris Harris (ankle) and guard Chris Kuper (forearm) did not practice. Guard Manny Ramirez (elbow) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) were listed on the injury report, but fully participated in practice.

THURSDAY’S INJURY REPORT
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White (groin) and starting weakside linebacker Sean Weatherspon (hamstring) were limited in practice on Thursday.

Also, linebacker Robert James (knee) was limited in practice.

For the Broncos, cornerback Chris Harris (ankle) and guard Chris Kuper (forearm) did not practice. Guard Manny Ramirez (elbow) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) were listed on the injury report, but fully participated in practice.

27 comments Add your comment

FalconPride66

September 15th, 2012
4:20 pm

Hope Clabo and Spoon can play! Otherwise I’ve always had great expectations for Mike J … he played nasty at Alabama so maybe it’s time to see what he can bring. We cannot afford any more injured linebackers!!! Shock the world on Monday.

Decon

September 15th, 2012
4:20 pm

They’ll play. No worries.

John

September 15th, 2012
4:56 pm

At least the Broncos are a little banged up too.

Singletary

September 15th, 2012
5:15 pm

Unbelievable. Let’s go to two pre-season scrimmages.

John, if the two Denver corners are not banged up, I am fearful of how Denver ’sliced and diced” PIT both offensively and defensively even tho’ the explanation could be the loss on the O Line.

While I liked how we actually made a halftime adjustment (for the first time in the DSM (Dimitroff, Smitty, Ryan era), we have to do more to compensate for the loss of Grimes.

SirReal

September 15th, 2012
5:34 pm

I hope this is simply another case of Smitty’s ol’ smoke and mirrors routine. I dont think either would want to miss the home opener….HOWEVER, if this is true I’d rather them sit this one out though I hate to say that. Their health is more important in both the short and long term. Those hamstrings can bite ya if not healed properly. Ask Julio last year. Spoon is way too pivotal to lose for an extended period of time so here’s hoping he can go. If not, sit it out b/c we need him. Clabo, kind of the same deal as far as our porous line. Get healthy soon Birds. Will DEFINITELY miss you if you have to sit out..but I’d rather you sit one out than lose you for quite a few.

Roger

September 15th, 2012
5:38 pm

This doesn’t bode well for the falcons with our lack of depth. Let’s hope these two can hold the parts together and give us solid performances…..

falCANS

September 15th, 2012
6:22 pm

@ SirReal…..my sentiments exactly

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Joe

September 15th, 2012
11:37 pm

Whats with the Falcons “fantasy” injury report, sounds misleading

John Kimble

September 16th, 2012
1:15 am

Joe – He posted injury updates. That is pretty relevant to Fantasy Football.

fishnboy

September 16th, 2012
9:49 am

Good call Singletary–it was really great to see coaching make some 1/2 time adjustments–we haven’t seen much of that

Quiz time

September 16th, 2012
6:32 pm

What’s black and gold and 0 – 2?

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old qb

September 17th, 2012
11:02 am

If Cabo can’t go I thought Garrett Reynolds natural position was right tackle. Why not move him out there and let Konz play right guard.

old qb

September 17th, 2012
11:35 am

If Weatherspoon is out maybe we can make a quick trade and get Keith Brookings to replace Weatherspoon since he’s already in the building. Let’s see, on the depth chart behind Weatherspoon is Robert James–Nope, he’s out with a bad knee. That means Peterson is next man up, but he’s supposed to replace Dent if Dent forgets how to defend against the pass–good thing Denver doesn’t have a quarterback that can carve up a defense like a Christmas turkey.
This game could get ugly in a hurry.

Stu

September 17th, 2012
1:21 pm

I agree old qb

old qb

September 17th, 2012
4:24 pm

Thanks Stu.
Since Day One of this season there were two huge areas of concern–tight end and linebacker. I pray nothing happens to Gonzalez this year.
But I don’t understand how Smitty, TD, and even Arthur Blank have said over and over about all the new additions to make the Falcons stronger this year. WHAT ADDITIONS? By my count there were three, but two of them were sent home after injury. That left Samuel.
If Weatherspoon can’t play tonight and Petersen is needed at MLB on passing plays (Oh yeah, with Manning at QB there may be a lot of them) the only other real option is to put Biermann at linebacker and hope for the best.
This whole linebacker fiasco was never really dealt with after Tatupu (who was expected to be the starter was never addressed in the pre-season.

Cybo

September 17th, 2012
6:24 pm

good to see lofton of the saints over persuing and missing tackles as always

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