Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) misses practice

By Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice today because of a right ankle injury suffered during the game at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Weatherspoon is being treated for a low ankle sprain. Weatherspoon was hurt on a tackle attempt against Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in the fourth quarter of Atlanta’s 30-17 victory.

“I think we know where he’s going to be tomorrow in terms of whether if he’s going to be able to go beyond that,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He wasn’t able to come out here and work with our guys on the sideline. When he can get out here and do some stuff on the side then we’ll think he has a chance. If he’s not able to do that, then we think he will not be ready to go.”

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was asked how he would adjust if Weatherspoon can’t play.

“I might need your help on that,” Nolan quipped. “That’s a game-plan thing. All I can tell you is that’s a tough one. We’ll see.”

Akeem Dent worked with the starters in place of Weatherspoon. Dent played every defensive snap against the Raiders with Stephen Nicholas slowed by a sore ankle.

Falcons guard Garrett Reynolds (back) and wide receiver Kevin Cone (groin) also sat out practice today.

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (knee/ankle) worked off to the side with trainers for most of practice before participating in some of the walk-through reps. He suffered the injury against the Raiders and missed the Eagles game.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), kicker Matt Bryant (back) and wide receivers Drew Davis (hamstring) and Roddy White (back) were limited.

Running back DeMarco Murray (foot) and wide receiver Dez Bryant (hip) missed practice for the Cowboys.

Murray has missed the past two games.

“It’s an injury where feel like have to be patient with him,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We will visit with him tomorrow morning and see where he’s at.”

Bryant was hurt while making what at first was ruled a game-winning touchdown catch Sunday against the Giants. The touchdown was overturned on review.


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October 31st, 2012
4:24 pm

Get well soon, ’spoon!!!!!


October 31st, 2012
4:27 pm

Thank goodness it’s a low ankle sprain instead of the high ankle variety. We need our leader on D back on the field ASAP. Jason Whitten is coming to town and he is just the type of match-up we drafted Spoonman#56 for. It scares me to think of Dent chasing after Whitten all day. RISE UP SPOON!


October 31st, 2012
4:28 pm

I know you are loathe to mention the ‘Undefeated’ word, and it is borderline jinx to mention the ‘S.B.” within earshot of Coach Smitty, but peering in your crystal ball and knwoing the contract situations/FAs for next year (presumably without Falcons pre-draft intel this early), what position (and if you are feeling froggy, what player) do you guess the Falcons take in the 2013 draft?


October 31st, 2012
4:33 pm

And with the 32nd pick of the 1st round the Atlanta Falcons select TE…and with the 64th pick the Atlanta Falcons select RB…

pcb mike

October 31st, 2012
4:51 pm

lowdownjj – all Falcon fans approve your draft order.


October 31st, 2012
5:21 pm

Boy Marcus you aint playin no games…you read what has been on my mind for awhile if I had to guess I say its RB

[...] Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) misses practice By Michael Cunningham. FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice today because of a right ankle injury suffered during the game at Philadelphia on Sunday. Weatherspoon is being treated for a low ankle sprain. Read more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

old qb

October 31st, 2012
5:50 pm

If Weatherspoon’s ankle sprain is such that he can’t practice by Friday he should sit out and let it heel. Aggravating a sprained ankle can lead to an entire season of playing at 75%. We need him to be 100% if we’re going to go anywhere in the playoffs. So, don’t force it now.
I’m skepticle of Dent. He’s a rookie when it comes to starting and he doesn’t have the speed to play outside linebacker. Neither does Petersen, but he has more experience.
Playing injured players that have knee, ankle, or shoulder injuries is purely stupid.


October 31st, 2012
6:24 pm

I dont know about TE round one, i was actually thinking we try to snag cj mosley or ezekial ansah with ou round one pick, i kno there is that good TE but usually TEs last till round to and RBs can be found throughout the draft if u ask me


October 31st, 2012
7:08 pm

This one is easy to predict. He will be out on Sunday and back for NO.


October 31st, 2012
7:14 pm

We’d miss “Spoon bad but could survive a game or two without him. I agree it would be best to rest him 1-2 weeks to get him back at 100 %. Real key is the O-line, esp. the tackles on Ware & Co. Our near misses have come when Matty is running for his life. Funny how deceiving stats can be, O-line gave up two sacks against Philly but blocked great. Against Raiders they gave up one but looked overmatched. ,

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October 31st, 2012
10:02 pm

Big O

October 31st, 2012
10:22 pm

Put Biermann on Whitten! Then put Sidbury where Biermann would be if Spoon were playing.

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Dirty birds32

October 31st, 2012
11:02 pm

Enter your comments here’s please not dent.. Every running play I see him being pushed to the side by everyone.


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November 1st, 2012
12:41 am

To all the season ticket holders lets get to the game EARLY so when our team comes out for warm ups they’ll see us in our seats and ready for some Sunday Night Football. Lets get roudy and LOUD from the snap of the ball till 0 seconds left in the game. Lets show our Dirty Birds how proud we are them. LETS RISE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 1st, 2012
6:10 am

Some concensus says that the only 1st round worthy RB just busted up his knee (S. Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore).
Also, remember, B. Grimes will be a free agent, T. Gonzalez and/or T. McClure supposedly will retire, Abe is getting up there with no stud replacement currently on the roster, Burner just hit the magic no. for RBs (30 years old), and P. Jerry hasn’t lived up to 1st round draft status.

lowdownjj might have it right:
1st round: TE Tyler Eifert (ND) or RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)
2nd round: TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA) or RB Stefan Taylor (Stanford)

as an alternative, even though they won’t last this long … I would luv CB David Amerson (NC State) or DE William Gholston (Michigan State).
Some mocks have us getting Oregon DE Dion Jordan . On paper, he seems like a West Coast redux of former Falcon Jamaal Anderson (converted WR/TE to tall rangy athletic DE)

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a NoAnswerForJulio

November 1st, 2012
7:26 am

Love it Ms Shelia wish I was home to be there. I will definitely be a season ticket holder for a long time. About weatherspoon we definitely want him on the feild every game, however if he is not able to practice maybe he needs to sit out a game or two. We need him as close to 100% as possible when the playoffs get here. Get well soon Spoon. Now Marcus and ShanOmac I think about that all the time. I would personally go after a tight end preferrably number 80 from Notre Dame. He might be gone by the time we pick but if he is available I want him. Whether Tony retires after the season or not it is time to draft one. And with the second pick I like the DE from Michigan State. Deshaun Golhston. He has been under the radar a little bit because of the success of the team but I think he will be a beast and we need immediate help for Abraham and an eventual replacement. Or if the good tight ends are gone pick him in the first round. And ShaneOmac I dont think RB is a major concern right now but we can always use some speed I think one of those speedy running backs/receiver types will be available in the later rounds. Maybe a middle linebacker in the later rounds but if a good big DT is availble we can always use one of those to help against the run.

[...] Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) misses practice By Michael Cunningham. FLOWERY BRANCH–Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice today because of a right ankle injury suffered during the game at Philadelphia on Sunday. Weatherspoon is being treated for a low ankle sprain. Read more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

I usually just read but...

November 1st, 2012
8:03 am

As for the upcoming draft, if Jarvis Jones decides to leave UGA I would like to see TD do whatever it takes to make him a Falcon. Think about it, Spoon, Jones and Nicholas.

Mike is Back

November 1st, 2012
8:08 am

Dled I would err on the side of caution with SPOON…those type of injuries tend to linger throughout the season…it will be tough not having him on the field…but I think Nolan will come up with something.

Dent got enough games under his belt…to start show off some of those skills of his…I seen glimpses of them during the preseason…he kind of remind you of a young SPOON.

RISE UP BIRDS…BEAT THEM COWBOYS…LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 1st, 2012
9:58 am

Hopefully Dez can play for the cowboys, and TonY Romeo will not get injured before the game.


November 1st, 2012
11:46 am

Dent is not good. Sppon, please get better! We need you!!!!!!

Falcons Fanatic

November 1st, 2012
1:02 pm

Get well SPOON, we need you man! This game is so important for this franchise to start getting the recognition and respect it deserves. There will be lots of cowgirl fans in the seats. Lets keep them quiet and send them home sad and depressed! 12th man RISE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!