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current status: Achilles tendon, injured reserve
#56 LB | 6'2", 244 lbs. | Atlanta
Birth Date:December 29, 1987 (26 years old) Place of Birth:Greenville, SC Hometown:Jasper, TX College:Missouri
Drafted:Drafted by Atlanta in 2010 (1/19).
Drafted:Drafted by Atlanta in 2010 (1/19).
|Assets:||Highly productive and makes plays all over the field. Displays excellent intensity and determination in getting to the ball. Has very good wheels and athleticism.|
|Flaws:||Sometimes his intensity leads to him overplaying the action; could use a little more patience in his play-reading. Doesn't possess ideal size and can get locked up by some quicker blockers.|
|Career Potential:||Above-average linebacker with star potential.|
Movements & Injuries
|6/16/2014||Achilles tendon, injured reserve.|
|12/27/2013||Knee injury, out.|
|11/12/2013||Activated from the injured reserve/designated for return list (foot injury).|
|9/17/2013||Foot injury, injured reserve/designated for return list.|
|11/09/2012||Ankle injury, out.|
|11/02/2012||Ankle injury, out.|
|10/20/2010||Knee injury, out.|
|7/29/2010||Signed by the Atlanta Falcons to a five-year contract.|
|4/22/2010||Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st round (19th Overall) in 2010.|
Falcons place Sean Weatherspoon on I.R. | 06/16/2014 5:18 PM
NewsFalcons placed LB Sean Weatherspoon on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season.
ImpactWeatherspoon ruptured the Achilles' during an early-June OTA practice. The loss is massive for an Atlanta defense that was already hanging by a thread, and will now turn to some combination of Joplo Bartu and rookie Prince Shembo next to Paul Worrilow at inside linebacker. Weatherspoon turns 27 this December. He'll hit 2015 agency in rehab, and as a significant injury risk.
Weatherspoon tears Achilles', done for 2014 | 06/10/2014 8:24 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon on Tuesday, and is out for the season.
Jay Adams on Twitter
ImpactWeatherspoon suffered the injury as he rehabbed the knee ailment that hobbled him in 2013. He'll undergo surgery in the "near future." It's a crippling blow for a defense that was ravaged by injury and a lack of depth last season. GM Thomas Dimitroff added only band aids in the draft and free agency. The Falcons have no good options to replace their starting weak-side linebacker, who has missed 16 combined games over the past two seasons. Fourth-rounder Prince Shembo could be forced into heavy snaps. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Weatherspoon will now enter free agency as an injury-prone 27 year old. The Falcons are going to be in weekly shootouts, much like the Jason Garrett-era Cowboys.
Falcons WLB Weatherspoon out until camp | 05/18/2014 12:15 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) will be sidelined until training camp.
ImpactWeatherspoon missed the final two games of last season with a knee issue. He didn't need offseason surgery, but the Falcons are going to take it easy with him. Just last month, Weatherspoon said he was at 80 percent. Once healthy, Weatherspoon could be asked to play inside 'backer if the Falcons switch to the 3-4.
Sean Weatherspoon still rehabbing knee | 04/23/2014 12:20 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon is still rehabbing a knee injury.
Vaughn McClure on Twitter
ImpactWeatherspoon appeared in just seven games last season, starting the year on injured reserve with a designation to return and ending it by sitting out the last two weeks with a knee issue. The good news is he didn't need surgery. Weatherspoon should be fine to run with the starters on the weak side by training camp.
| 04/18/2014 2:18 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon missed 11 tackles out of 47 opportunities last season.
Pro Football Focus
ImpactWeatherspoon ranked No. 39 out of 40 qualifying players in tackle efficiency at Pro Football Focus. While his 2013 numbers represent a small sample size, Weatherspoon has finished in the bottom 25 percent of 4-3 outside linebackers in tackle efficiency in each of his four seasons as a pro.
Sean Weatherspoon inactive for ATL again | 12/29/2013 11:45 AM
NewsSean Weatherspoon (knee) and Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) are inactive for Sunday's Week 17 finale against the Panthers.
ImpactWeatherspoon's disappointing fourth NFL season ends with just 38 tackles in seven games played as he battled both foot and knee woes. He needs to get healthy and regain effectiveness on the weak side if the Falcons defense is going to have any shot at a turnaround in 2014. The rest of Atlanta's inactives: S Sean Baker, DT Adam Replogle, OT Terren Jones, G Garrett Reynolds and OT Sean Locklear.
Weatherspoon inactive, Gonzalez a go for MNF | 12/23/2013 7:23 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 16 games against the 49ers.
ImpactWeatherspoon didn't practice at all this week. Stephen Nicholas and Joplo Bartu will start at outside linebacker for Atlanta, with Paul Worrilow manning the middle. Also inactive for the Falcons are WR Darius Johnson (ankle), RB Josh Vaughan, S Zeke Motta, OL Terren Jones, OL Sean Locklear, DL Travian Robertson.
Falcons activate WLB Weatherspoon from I.R. | 11/12/2013 5:35 PM
NewsFalcons activated WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot) from injured reserve/designated to return.
ImpactCoach Mike Smith announced on Monday that Weatherspoon will be ready to roll for Wednesday's practice. 'Spoon will presumably start Sunday's game against the Bucs, though it's possible he'll be on a snap count. Weatherspoon last played in Week 2.
Sean Weatherspoon returning for Week 11 | 11/11/2013 2:53 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot, I.R./recall) will be activated for Week 11.
Falcons on Twitter
ImpactCoach Mike Smith expects Weatherspoon to be activated "within the next 48 hours." He'll participate in Wednesday's practice. Although he's been sidelined since Week 2, it's quite possible Weatherspoon will be in the starting lineup against the Bucs.
Falcons WLB Weatherspoon returns to practice | 11/06/2013 11:49 AM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot, short-term I.R.) returned to practice Wednesday.
Vaughn McClure on Twitter
ImpactWeatherspoon suffered a Lisfranc injury in Week 2. He was eligible to return to practice this week and can play in Week 11. Undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu has been filling in for Weatherspoon but has struggled mightily. Weatherspoon's return will be a major boost to the defense, especially in pass coverage.
Sean Weatherspoon remains in a boot | 10/17/2013 10:59 AM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot, IR/recall) remains in a walking boot.
ImpactWeatherspoon went down with a Lisfranc injury during Week 2 and isn't eligible to play until Week 11. He's not going to come out of a phonebooth and save the Falcons' 1-4 season.
Falcons put LB Weatherspoon on short-term IR | 09/17/2013 12:37 PM
NewsFalcons placed WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot) on injured reserve/designation to return.
ImpactAn already weak defense keeps taking hits. The Falcons lost Kroy Biermann (Achilles') for the season on Monday and now lose their stud weak-side linebacker until at least Week 11. In just 13 games last year, Weatherspoon racked up 95 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and four pass breakups. His backup is undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu.
Sean Weatherspoon has a foot sprain | 09/16/2013 11:00 AM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon has been diagnosed with a foot sprain.
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
ImpactThe sprain is not believed to be serious. Consider Weatherspoon questionable for a Week 3 game against the Dolphins.
Spoon leaves Week 2 game with foot injury | 09/15/2013 2:31 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon was forced from Sunday's Week 2 game against the Rams with a foot injury
ImpactWeatherspoon is questionable to return. He joins LE Kroy Biermann, LCB Asante Samuel, and DE Cliff Matthews as Atlanta defenders to be injured this week.
Falcons WLB Weatherspoon back at practice | 08/12/2013 9:38 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (finger) returned to practice Monday.
ImpactWeatherspoon sat out a week of practice after "badly" dislocating a finger. He was never in danger of missing meaningful games. Weatherspoon ended last season as fantasy's No. 39 linebacker in IDP formats.
Sean Weatherspoon dislocates a finger | 08/06/2013 8:14 AM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon badly dislocated a finger Monday.
'Spoon, Nicholas participating in minicamp | 06/18/2013 3:36 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee scope) and OLB Stephen Nicholas (sports-hernia surgery) are participating in minicamp.
Falcons on Twitter
ImpactIt's unclear if they're taking part in team drills, but it's a sign both remain on track for training camp. Weatherspoon notched 95 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one interception despite appearing in just 13 games last season.
Weatherspoon, Nicholas both underwent surgery | 05/23/2013 12:45 PM
NewsFalcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon underwent a knee scope this offseason.
ImpactWeatherspoon missed three games last year, but that was due to an ankle sprain. This sounds like a mere clean-out procedure, meaning he'll certainly be ready for training camp. Weatherspoon is an excellent bet to push for 100 tackles a chip in a handful of sacks once again this season.
Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Fumble Recoveries||1||2 times-last: 2012 (Atl)|
|Interceptions||1||2 times-last: 2013 (Atl)|
|Interceptions Yards||71||2013 (Atl)|
|Interceptions TD||1||2013 (Atl)|