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Sean Weatherspoon | Linebacker

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 244
College: Missouri
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Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirmed the team wants to re-sign free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon.
"Definitely someone that we're talking to," Quinn said. "We're certainly hoping that he can be a big part moving forward." Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said earlier this month that he intends to bring back Weatherspoon. Eight months removed from Achilles surgery, Weatherspoon should be open to returning on a team-friendly deal. Feb 27 - 7:42 PM
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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff hopes to re-sign free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon.

Weatherspoon is recovering from a torn Achilles' he suffered last June. "Sean Weatherspoon is going to be an important part of building this defense and building this team," Dimitroff said. "He’s a guy that’s really, really focused on his rehab. We need him back in this organization to help us go to another level." Re-signing with Atlanta may be Weatherspoon's best bet, as he'll likely be greeted by crickets on the open market. Injuries have limited Weatherspoon to just 20 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons. Wherever he signs, his injury history dictates that he be counted on more as a bonus than clear starter.
Feb 3 - 7:33 PM

Falcons placed LB Sean Weatherspoon on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season.

Weatherspoon 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.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon on Tuesday, and is out for the season.

Weatherspoon 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. 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.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 08:24:00 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) will be sidelined until training camp.

Weatherspoon 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. Weatherspoon could be asked to play inside 'backer if the Falcons switch to the 3-4.
Sun, May 18, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon is still rehabbing a knee injury.

Weatherspoon appeared in just seven games last season, starting the year on injured reserve with a designation to return (foot) and ending it by sitting out the last two weeks (knee). 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.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon missed 11 tackles out of 47 opportunities last season.

Weatherspoon 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.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 02:18:00 PM

Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion) are inactive for Sunday's Week 17 finale against the Panthers.

Weatherspoon'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.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 16 games against the 49ers.

Weatherspoon 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.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 07:23:00 PM

Falcons activated WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot) from injured reserve/designated to return.

Coach 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.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 05:35:00 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot, I.R./recall) will be activated for Week 11.

Coach 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.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot, short-term I.R.) returned to practice Wednesday.

Weatherspoon 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.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon (foot, IR/recall) remains in a walking boot.

Weatherspoon 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 phone booth and save the Falcons' 1-4 season.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Falcons placed WLB Sean Weatherspoon (Lisfranc) on injured reserve/designation to return.

An 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. Both Joplo Bartu and Akeem Dent are worth looks in IDP formats.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon has been diagnosed with a foot sprain.

The sprain is not believed to be serious. Consider Weatherspoon questionable for a Week 3 game against the Dolphins.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 11:00:00 AM