Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon returned to practice; Julio Jones walks through





060612 FLOWERY BRANCH :  Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon fires up teammates during warmups for team practice at Flowery Branch on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

060612 FLOWERY BRANCH : Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon fires up teammates during warmups for team practice at Flowery Branch on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

AFTER PRACTICE INJURY REPORT

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, dressed in a work jumpsuit, announced his return to practice from an injured right ankle on Wednesday.

“This is just my coming back to work suit,” said Weatherspoon, who missed the last three games. “That’s all that it is. I got a chance to get out there with the guys a little bit for the walk-through. I’m feeling pretty good, so I’m looking forward to practice.”

Weatherspoon, who is third on team with 60 tackles, was limited in practice.

“We just wanted to ease him back in,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I would anticipate if there is not (a setback) from today’s practice that he’ll be a full participant (Thursday).”

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (thigh), wide receiver Julio Jones (right ankle), safety Charles Mitchell (calf) and cornerback Asante Samuel (right shoulder) did not practice.

“Julio went through our walk-through periods today,” Smith said. “He’ll get more participation tomorrow.”

Defensive end John Abraham (back), defensive tackle/end Jonathan Babineaux (neck), kicker Matt Bryant (kick), wide receiver Kevin Cone (groin), cornerback Christopher Owens (thigh), running back Michael Turner (groin) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (ribs) were all limited.

Also, quarterback Matt Ryan was listed on the injury report with a left finger injury. He fully participated in practice.

“Tomorrow, number of those guys who didn’t participate will be limited,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Some of those limited, will be full participation.”

BEFORE PRACTICE

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, dressed in a work jumpsuit, announced that he will return to practice today from an injured right ankle.

“This is just my coming back to work suit,” said Weatherspoon, who missed the last three games. “That’s all that it is. I got a chance to get out there with the guys a little bit for the walk-through. I’m feeling pretty good, so I’m looking forward to practice.”

He stopped short of pronouncing himself ready for the Tampa Bay game on Sunday.

“Yeah, I’m ready to go,” Weatherspoon said. “I’ll be back out there at practice today. I look forward to getting back out there.”

Weatherspoon injured his right ankle with 9:03 left to play against Philadelphia on Oct 28. He was attempting to make a tackle on Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. He twisted his ankle on the play.

He was declared out of the games against Dallas and New Orleans early in the week. Last week, he was questionable for the game against Arizona.

“I don’t think I was that close that week,” Weatherspoon said. “But I’m feeling a lot better this week.”

Falcons coach Mike Smith will give the official update after Wednesday’s practice.

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21 comments Add your comment

Esquire

November 21st, 2012
1:52 pm

Welcome Back Spoon…………………We Need Ya Baby!!!

Adogg36

November 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

Best thing I done heard all day.

warfalcon

November 21st, 2012
2:35 pm

Yes.ONE GAME AT A TIME – LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big O

November 21st, 2012
2:47 pm

D-LED, can you tell us in one of your upcoming articles the grade level severity of Kevin Cone’s groin muscle tear & how much longer before he can practice/play?
Thanks.

extremus

November 21st, 2012
3:39 pm

Good news. Our defense certainly needs his presence back!

j-dawg

November 21st, 2012
3:43 pm

We need him badly. Once we clinch the playoffs I say rest him up and keep him fresh for the ‘offs.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 21st, 2012
4:52 pm

Yes that should be a nice boost to our run defense, has anyone noticed if cory peters has been starting or jerry?

Samuel

November 21st, 2012
6:03 pm

Mike Nolan can do a lot of different things with Spoon in the line up. I hope Ashante can go against Drew Brees next thursday. Mean while, one of these cornerbacks have to step up, Dominique Franks should come in handy with those big strong wide recievers that the Bucs have.

BillyBob

November 21st, 2012
6:12 pm

Been a fan of Birds since 1980 and I would have never guessed that I would be less than excited with a 9-1 record but I am. Each week’s victory is a nice little bump and I appreciate them but I still know that until we can get past the first playoff game, all these post playoff wins will not change how others see this franchise. It that important? Well somewhat. We don’t have the winning history and until we win a SB and some playoff games in consecutive seasons we will always be on the fringes. Win the first round and this season is a success, lose it and it is not. Go Birds!

Ed

November 21st, 2012
6:20 pm

Good news on Spoon getting back to practice, hopefully Julio will be able to go, our offense can be a finely tuned machine when he and Roddy are both in there.

Row 3

November 21st, 2012
6:28 pm

What’s wrong with Matt Bryant’s (kick)?

ccatlanta

November 21st, 2012
6:30 pm

when you say kicker Matt Bryant’s injury is his kick, what the heck does that mean?

terrell

November 21st, 2012
6:37 pm

If Julio cant go were in trouble. Itty bitty Harry Douglas isnt going to get it done. What is his role anyway? Need to let him return kickoffs and punts. The other guy sux. Cant even think of his name, thats how bad he is.

Fair catch Franks

November 21st, 2012
8:23 pm

Listen guys i will be sure to fair catch at least four punts vs the Bucs to keep my name safe.

CaliDirtyBird

November 22nd, 2012
12:37 am

You mean signal fair catch and then get out of the way and let it bounce further back toward our end zone?!

CaliDirtyBird

November 22nd, 2012
12:41 am

I mean I appreciate not wanting to muff the punt. But if you lack the confidence to cleanly catch it when you’re in the right spot and defenders are 15-20 yards away still, are you the right person for the job?

Whiznot

November 22nd, 2012
2:48 am

I wish they would let Julio heal. He came back too fast against Arizona and aggravated his ankle. Julio shouldn’t have been needed against Arizona at all.

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November 22nd, 2012
3:02 pm

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Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

November 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Yeah, @Whiznot , I was thinking the same thing about Sppon. If these guys need another week, they should get it. We just need for ervery player to Rise Up.

Go Falcons!

Bojack

November 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

Since there are difficulties running the ball out of the endzone deep why don’t we down the ball in the enzone and get the ball at the 20 instead of the 10 or 12? Makes sense to me.

PlanB

November 23rd, 2012
10:11 am

I think Franks is a problem too. If you stay 50 yds back you can catch the 40 or 60 yd punt. Last week Franks let a 40 yd punt fall while he was 10 yds back of it. It rolled another 20+ yds. That really hurts field position.

Why doesn’t someone find Spencer Adkins if we need LB backup help?

Many are saying, rest JJ & Spoon. I understand that but think beating the Bucs is extremely important. They are playing good. Great running game. If they beat us they will be 2 games back and the ain’t would love to bring that back to 1 game back.

Good job McClain. Thanks for filling in effectively.