Initial reports about the ankle injury suffered by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon were that it was a minor sprain and those reports got some confirmation on Monday.
D.Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that coach Mike Smith told reporters that Weatherspoon suffered a low ankle sprain in the 31-17 win over the Eagles. The injury has a much quicker recovery timeline than the high ankle sprain that often forces players to the sideline for several weeks.
Weatherspoon was carted off the field during the game, but was not in serious pain in the locker room after the final whistle. Smith didn’t get into specifics about Weatherspoon’s status on Monday, which Ledbetter writes is something he only does in the case of a major injury.
“He did not return,” Smith said. “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.”
Assuming Weatherspoon’s injury doesn’t respond poorly from a return to work on Wednesday, it seems likely he’ll be on the field in Week Nine when the Falcons try to complete a perfect first half on Sunday night against the Cowboys.