Injury update: Weatherspoon received treatment for low ankle sprain

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered a low right ankle sprain against Philadelphia in the fourth quarter and his status for the Dallas game will be updated after practice on Wednesday, according to head coach Mike Smith.

Weatherspoon was at the facilities on Monday to receive treatment from the training staff. He was injured will trying to make a tackle on Eagles running back LeSean McCoy with  9:03 left in the fourth quarter.

“He did not return (to the game),” Smith said on Monday. “Sean is in the training room and we’ll have a more concrete idea of where he’s at after practice (on Wednesday). But he did sustain an ankle injury in the ball game.”

Weatherspoon was taken off the field on a cart as a precautionary measure. He was in good spirits in the locker room after the game and didn’t have a boot or crutches at his stall.

Linebacker Akeem Dent picked up Weatherspoon’s snaps.

In his four-plus years as the head coach, Smith makes the announcement when a player suffers a severe injury. When it’s not severe, he releases the information in the first weekly league-mandate injury report, which comes out on Wednesday.

“Kevin Cone also sustained an injury in the ball game as well,” Smith said. “We’ll have an update on Harry Douglas and those guys on Wednesday after practice.”


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General Bortswagger III

October 29th, 2012
3:50 pm

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General Bortswagger III

October 29th, 2012
3:50 pm

So who replaces Weatherspoon if he is a no go?


October 29th, 2012
3:57 pm

Q: So who replaces Weatherspoon if he is a no go?

A: Someone not nearly as good

Ulysses Dirtybird

October 29th, 2012
4:06 pm

Just be glad hes not lost for the SEAON!!!!….we have Dent and Robert James for depth.


October 29th, 2012
4:06 pm

spoon get well soon. we need ya. go falcons.


October 29th, 2012
4:37 pm

Havnt been able to completely enjoy the win because of Spoon’s injury. Thank goodness it’s a low ankle sprain instead of the high ankle variety that takes much longer to heal


October 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

The cart is always a scary sight but Spoon seemed to be in good spirits and talking smack so I was optimistic. Where is that jerk phil? He was wishing for a high ankle sprain and lost for the season. I REALLY don’t like that jerk.


October 29th, 2012
4:51 pm

This is very good news. Knowing the Falcons they will sit him this week, but leave it in question all week long.


October 29th, 2012
4:53 pm

Paging Jessie Tuggle…


October 29th, 2012
4:54 pm

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October 29th, 2012
4:57 pm

you kind of have to address it when your defensive leader is carted off. Low ankle is not as bad as the dreaded high ankle. He may be out a couple of weeks, he didn’t look distraught when he was going off though.


October 29th, 2012
4:59 pm

Anyone seen SEEN? If so, tell him the Broncos just scored again….Go Goodell, Taglibue, and the NFL


October 29th, 2012
5:06 pm

Spoon!!! Sean Weatherspoon has been our defensive MVP. No need to rush him back, because we’re gonna need Spoon if we want to get to the Superbowl. Get him healthy because this guy is smart, fast, and plays with a ton of energy… he’s a difference-maker.


October 29th, 2012
5:16 pm

Can we beat Dallas and give Spoon a week off to heal?

You damn skippy!


October 29th, 2012
5:19 pm

Wow, that is the best possible news. At first I was worried about achilles, then high ankle, and it ends up being the best possible outcome. We could not afford to lose this guy.


October 29th, 2012
5:53 pm

spoon is gonna get a lot of pub if he keeps it up this season


October 29th, 2012
5:54 pm

favorite player or defense


October 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

…. BAMAGUY…. Romo just threw another interception…. We don’t need Spoon for this one….


October 29th, 2012
6:26 pm

D. Hall, fixing to get a big fine, maybe a suspension. Why does this please me………..???

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October 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

Low ankle sprain is much less serious. Glad to hear he didnt have any crutches or a boot. hopefully he’ll be ready to go for the game against the cowgirls. he’s the heart of the d.


October 29th, 2012
7:28 pm

Way to go Spoon! He had a great game going and always makes a big difference. I hope he can take his time and let it heal. This is a rough sport and dings happen. He’ll be back when he is ready and that is nice to think about. GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!


October 29th, 2012
8:23 pm

Dallas will eat us alive next Sunday nite…..

You know it, I know it.


October 29th, 2012
8:36 pm

where is seen b4 ? guess he is stuck in a swamp


October 29th, 2012
8:50 pm

maybe you haven;t seen dallas play, phil.

SWAT Native

October 29th, 2012
8:57 pm

Tape it up and let’s go!


October 29th, 2012
9:09 pm

Thanks to rising up to be unbeaten at this point, we can afford to let Mr. Spoon heal this week and so that we’ll have him at full speed when time to run down Mr. Brees when taking off on runs like Mr. RGIII tried to do.


October 29th, 2012
9:25 pm

Thank God that it’s not a major injury. However, Dallas along w/ the rest of the league is not to be underestimated. Just look at Oakland, they came here and almost stole a win a couple of weeks ago. Dallas has owned us for quite some time now, and the last thing we want to do is be their victims. Everyone relax and enjoy this record breaking season for Atlanta. I hope we win the big one this year, and we have a shot, but nothing is guaranteed! Take no one for granted!!!


October 30th, 2012
12:13 am


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Falcons Chic

October 30th, 2012
5:35 am

Spoon, you da man. We always count on you. But now, you need to take the week off. We can handle the cowgirls in our house. (If we can’t, I’ll be decidedly embarrassed.) We need you at full steam (that’s angry steam) in NOLA. Hugs.


October 30th, 2012
6:41 am

If it were a high ankle sprain I’d be really concerned, but he has all week to rehab so he shoulld be ready to go come sunday, if not Dent should be the next man up.

I usually just read but...

October 30th, 2012
7:46 am

Rub some dirt on it. Save the dirt and bury this “Phil the cowboy” dud under it. Use lots of dirt, he needs to be buried DEEP.


October 30th, 2012
7:58 am

the Falcons will no doubt win the NFC South and possibly go 15-1 or 16-0. This is the year for the SB ring. They are clearly the best team in the NFL.


October 30th, 2012
8:08 am

I sprained my ankle the Friday before Memorial Day. Granted, I’m 30 years older than Spoon and don’t have the med staff he has, but every time I think it’s good to go I’ll run a sprint (I’m in pretty decent shape for an old guy. Stretch, stretch, and stretch. It works.) and find out it’s not good to go. I hope he doesn’t push it or come playoff time he won’t be full speed.


October 30th, 2012
8:29 am

Dallas is straight up trash. With or without Spoon are offense will be too much for the Cowboys.

North FLA Falcon

October 30th, 2012
10:56 am

The Cowpokes are poorly coached. The Falcons should gut this one out. Force them to play OUR game, in the Dome, and take care of business.

True Falcon Fan

October 30th, 2012
12:51 pm

TO: DC – Coach Mike Nolan —- among the “to do list” this Sunday night it would be advisable to pay close attention to this link of status:

“Tackle Three” —- will most assuredly handle Felix Jones if he plays —- but DeMarko Murray watch-out. If this “Big Cat”, he’s able to play —- this cat can tote the rock “Big Time”! How the Falcons personnel brain trust passed on this guy in the draft is mind boggling.

Go Falcons — CaBoys next

True Falcon Fan

October 30th, 2012
12:54 pm

DLed —- there you go again —- what’s up with you —- tell WTF was wrong with the post previously — i mean 10 maybe ?????????????????????????????

Jimmy Crack

October 30th, 2012
12:56 pm

Let Spoon rest for this next game, and the next one too against the Ain’ts if he needs it. We need him healthy for the stretch run and the playoffs more than games against these next two PRETENDERS.

True Falcon Fan

October 30th, 2012
1:05 pm

Dled — Re: my 12:54 post — would please accept my apology — my mistake, i was looking at wrong blog. I’m “SORRY”!

Go Falcons — CaBoys next


October 30th, 2012
3:25 pm

It was awsome to see the weather wasn’t a factor for Matty Ice

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Dirty birds32

October 31st, 2012
11:12 am

I hope he’s back sooner or later. I’m just not sold on dent.. Especially against the run. I agree with resting him if need be we have bigger fish to fry next week

King Darius

October 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

Good my man Spoon is ok. Cant have D Block shut down. D Block has to be doing the shutting down.


October 31st, 2012
3:12 pm

I hope he plays because of some respect! I live in san antonio tx and the people here worship the cowgirls. If he plays we’ll win easily. Rember bears are 6-1. Don’t want to go there in playoffs


October 31st, 2012
4:30 pm

I’m a little confussed. Maybe I missed something. Please help. I didn’t notice in the Eagles game who started at MLB so did Peterson beat Dent out or did Dent start and move to the OLB after Spoons injury and bring Peterson in then?
LB is a position needing help in next years draft or FA.

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October 31st, 2012
7:59 pm

Spoon will be back and enjoying his dinner again in no time.