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Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon suffers season-ending Achilles injury


A weakness a season ago, the Falcons’ defense has sustained a major loss before summer even begins.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon that will end his 2014 season, coach Mike Smith said Tuesday night, according to the club’s website.

Weatherspoon’s injury occurred while running during the club’s organized team activities on Tuesday, Smith said in a statement posted on

“He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Smith said, according to the club.

The 26-year-old Weatherspoon appeared in just seven games in 2013, with a Lisfranc foot sprain suffered early in the campaign keeping him out of the lineup for two months. He also missed a pair of games at season’s end with a knee injury.

In his statement Tuesday, Smith noted that Weatherspoon “had been working extremely hard to get back on the field.”

The Falcons’ first-round pick in 2010, Weatherspoon has recorded 290 tackles in 47 regular season games (41 starts), defending 15 passes and notching eight sacks. He is entering the final year of his contract.

The Falcons appear set to employ a 3-4 defense this season. With Weatherspoon looking to be out for the 2014 campaign, second-year pros Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu could be the primary options at inside linebacker.

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46 Responses to “Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon suffers season-ending Achilles injury”
  1. Reynolds says: Jun 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    THAT sucks. Great player and great guy.

  2. thetooloftools says: Jun 10, 2014 8:50 PM

    Wow this is really sad. The Falcons really needed his talents and this was a contract year.

  3. sensiblevoice says: Jun 10, 2014 8:51 PM

    Darren McFadden, Brian Cushing and Sean Lee all agree that Sean Witherspoon is injury prone.

  4. thepftpoet says: Jun 10, 2014 8:53 PM

    Zero Superbowls.

  5. says: Jun 10, 2014 8:53 PM

    Not a Falcons fan, but I hate to see this. It’s bad enough when it happens in a game, but during non-contact OTAs it makes it even worse.

    Pulling for Weatherspoon to make a full recovery and get back on the field.

  6. heyguru1969 says: Jun 10, 2014 8:57 PM

    Tough to see no matter who you root for. Best of luck in your recovery.

  7. jacobslatter says: Jun 10, 2014 8:57 PM

    Could the injury bug that hit ATL last year be rearing its ugly head yet again?

    The answer is NO ONE KNOWS.

  8. eternalram says: Jun 10, 2014 8:57 PM

    Get well soon Mr. Weatherspoon, lifelong Rams Fan here but you never like to see a player down for the season. Wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!

  9. 7pints says: Jun 10, 2014 8:58 PM

    How in the world do these superior athletes sustain catastrophic injuries doing normal human activities??? I think there’s more to this story.

  10. Youknowimright says: Jun 10, 2014 8:59 PM

    Made from the same tissue paper sean lee is made from. I don’t know how these guys are being missed when they are always hurt and not contributing anyway. You need contingency plans in place when you have these injury prone players on your team.

  11. ericbroe says: Jun 10, 2014 9:02 PM

    Just waiting on all the Falcons fans to blame this on why they will lose to the saints this year.
    Down votes [ON] OFF

  12. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jun 10, 2014 9:05 PM

    Mr. Goodell…Union on line 1, demanding all teams to cancel OTAs.

  13. I'm Judgemental says: Jun 10, 2014 9:06 PM

    Maybe if the Falcons just forgo all practices until week 1 of the season, we can sport a full roster for once. Sheesh…

  14. Goodell's Green Glasses says: Jun 10, 2014 9:08 PM


  15. seminole31 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:12 PM

    Wishing nothing but the best to you, SW56.

  16. jjackwagon says: Jun 10, 2014 9:16 PM

    Sucks for Spoon and the ATL.

  17. riflemanlax says: Jun 10, 2014 9:16 PM

    I hate to hear about a guy getting injured, but I predict Worrilow will step up nicely. Tackling machine, always around the ball. Smart player, just needs to work on the pass coverage.

  18. floratiotime says: Jun 10, 2014 9:18 PM

    Don’t worry. The surgery will be a success … he’ll rehab ahead of schedule … and be back 100% … like everyone else.

  19. theneedforspeeed says: Jun 10, 2014 9:19 PM

    Too bad he has bad feet, first the lisfranc sprain, now achilles injury.
    Hope he recovers well!

  20. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jun 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    Never like to hear news like this. It was a contract year for the guy too. Hope he can come back to full strength and get a good deal going forward

  21. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    Damn man. Huge loss. Good luck to him, I hope he recovers and goes on to do great things but he’s done for in Atlanta.

  22. atsbuzz says: Jun 10, 2014 9:25 PM

    I’m a Falcon fan and I love the guy, but he is hurt way too much. Pains me to say it, but they should let him walk (if he still can) after this year.

  23. atlfan31833 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:26 PM

    Worrilow and Bartu both looked especially well last season considering they were undrafted rookies. I hope the rest of the team can stay on the field this season and that Spoon has a full recovery!

  24. kevinbattle2001 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:42 PM

    This is unbelievable! The season hasn’t even started yet and their down a Lb. Only good thing i could see coming out of this at least one more LB can get a chance to start.

  25. footballfan211 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:42 PM

    Wow another big hole in a line backing core; get well soon

  26. gopblows says: Jun 10, 2014 9:43 PM

    The Mike Vickie curse lives on. Matt “Choke” Ryan continues to be a curse.

  27. realnflmaster says: Jun 10, 2014 10:29 PM

    David Harris would just tape it up and fight through the season. Hence why he is a JET.

  28. dfalcon3522 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:38 PM

    I love Spoon’s energy, and Every season I keep expecting him to have a breakout season but dude can’t stay on the field!! On the bright side, maybe we will sign him for a cheap 1yr deal to play 2016 season. That will be the year he takes the league by storm while trying to land his one and only big money deal… Of course he needs to be healthy. At least we have those seasoned veterans Bartu & Warrilio!

  29. billsboy88 says: Jun 10, 2014 10:49 PM

    That last sentence is a rough one for Falcon fans…

  30. shackdelrio says: Jun 10, 2014 10:55 PM

    That’s terrible. When he is healthy, he is great.

  31. slick50ks says: Jun 10, 2014 11:50 PM

    I wonder if anyone will notice.

    He, and that defense, are putrid.

  32. 49erfan44 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:02 AM

    Last thing that team needs is injuries on defense.

  33. fumblenuts says: Jun 11, 2014 12:24 AM

    This could be the start of a bad omen…..

  34. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jun 11, 2014 12:25 AM

    In early June, wow…tough break.

  35. atlantafalconsbirdlady says: Jun 11, 2014 12:43 AM

    Sad day for our Falcon family. This is the time for us to kick it in gear, join arms, pray and push forward. We can and will power thru and come out on top with Sean’ beautiful smile as inspiration from the sideline! I love you Sean♡ Talk to you soon. HOOTY HOO**

  36. magicmtndan says: Jun 11, 2014 2:09 AM

    Hate to see players hurt in the preseason especially the OTAs. Hope he gets to enjoy a full injury-free season in the future.

  37. rwhite84 says: Jun 11, 2014 2:25 AM

    He’s like Gronk in that he’s good player when he’s on the field but you can never get him there. Even last year he finished recovering from an injury and tweaked it again on like his first game back.

  38. theflyingelvis says: Jun 11, 2014 4:32 AM

    That’s a terrible injury no matter what position you play, but for a LB it’s even worse. I’m guessing that only CBs or safeties would have a harder time coming back from it. On offense, everybody KNOWS where their going, but the defensive players have to react, and if a LB has to cover a TE or slot guy and they bite on play fake, they’ve gotta instantly change direction and go after the RB, so it must be tough physically and mentally to come back from an Achilles. I hate to see any player suffer a career threatening injury and I hope he can come back next year at 100%.

  39. kirbylaw says: Jun 11, 2014 6:31 AM

    Agree 100% with Reynolds above. This is a class guy. Something needs to change in the Falcons training program.

  40. pnut87 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:22 AM

    ANy injury to the Achilles makes me cringe…

  41. bornahawker says: Jun 11, 2014 9:33 AM


  42. notthetroll says: Jun 11, 2014 9:50 AM

    That’s 3 starting ILBs down so far. too bad for him

  43. boisestatewhodat says: Jun 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    As a Saints fan…hope he heals up.

    EricBroe, the Falcons don’t look for excuses for losing to the Saints year in and year out…they’re quite used to the annual sweep!

    Falcons have beaten the Saints 3 times out of a possible 16 times since 2006…I’d say the Saints pretty much own them. Expect nothing less this year as well…WHO DAT!

  44. lengai says: Jun 11, 2014 10:52 AM

    Vilma may be a good option.

  45. gammynomnom says: Jun 11, 2014 11:00 AM

    Next man up! Last year was the first year the Falcons had the injury bug strike them, and all they did was cry. I have never seen any pity from their fans when other teams have injuries soagain….NEXT MAN UP!!

    And get well soon Sean. You need to get out of ATL to win a Super Bowl anyway.

  46. kneelbeforesod says: Jun 11, 2014 11:26 AM

    As a Saints fan and gentleman, I’d prefer to see our frequently overhyped rivals at full strength.

    Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.

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