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Sean Weatherspoon | Linebacker | #56

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 244
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (19) / ATL
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Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon said he feels "light years" healthier one year removed from his torn Achilles'.
Weatherspoon tore his Achilles' in 2014 and signed a one-year deal with Arizona last offseason only to play 128 defensive snaps. Now healthy, Weatherspoon is back in Atlanta where it all started and has a chance to earn a starting job in a linebacker corps that is being remade in order to get faster. May 11 - 12:49 PM

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Newly-signed ILB Sean Weatherspoon said he is willing to accept any role with the Falcons.

Weatherspoon left the Falcons for the Cardinals last offseason, but he only played 128 snaps despite being healthy all season. "I have no expectations. I just want to be coached," Weatherspoon said. "I cherish the game that much. And I just look forward to getting back out here and just working with the guys. And wherever the chips fall, that’s where they’re going to lay." Weatherspoon is no longer the player the Falcons took with the No. 19 overall pick in 2010, but Atlanta is desperate at linebacker. If he proves healthy, Weatherspoon could win a starting spot.
Source: ESPN
Mar 12 - 10:29 AM

Falcons signed ILB Sean Weatherspoon to a one-year contract.

It's a reunion, as Weatherspoon is returning to the team that made him the No. 19 overall pick of the 2010 draft. Weatherspoon was a sideline-to-sideline playmaker his first few years in the league, but has been ravaged by injuries. He's made just 21 appearances since 2012. He appeared in 13 games for the Cardinals last season, but played only 159 snaps. Although the Falcons have a weak linebacker corps, Weatherspoon should be returning as a reserve.
Mar 10 - 11:02 PM

Free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon is visiting the Falcons on Thursday.

Weatherspoon, of course, was the Falcons' first-round pick in 2010 and spent the first five years of his career in Atlanta before signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals last offseason. He played just 159 snaps for Arizona and was miscast in their 3-4 scheme. He's said publicly he's interested in a return to Atlanta.
Mar 10 - 3:57 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon has interest in signing with the Falcons.

Weatherspoon has been reduced to a part-time role this season, playing just 146 snaps. He spent the first four years of his career in Atlanta and could be brought back. Weatherspoon should be available for the veteran minimum this offseason.
Jan 23 - 7:31 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon was a healthy scratch Week 5 against the Lions.

He was active last week against the Rams but did not play a snap. Weatherspoon was brought in this offseason to be a starting inside linebacker, but he missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury and has not played more than 18 snaps in a game so far this season. With Kevin Minter playing well ahead of him, Weatherspoon is unlikely to get a starting role anytime soon.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 11:25:00 AM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon recorded three tackles in his preseason debut.

He played into the second half. Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 with an Achilles injury and sat out the first three preseason games with a hamstring injury. He made several stops in the running game and held up Kapri Bibbs so a teammate could strip the ball in the first quarter, though the play was eventually called back on review. If he can stay healthy, Weatherspoon will be a big addition to the Cardinals' defense, but staying healthy has always been the problem.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 10:33:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon is expected to play in the fourth preseason game.

It will be Weatherspoon's debut with the Cardinals and first game action since Week 15 of 2013. A standout when healthy, Arizona needs Weatherspoon to be a rock in their otherwise underwhelming linebacking corps. Weatherspoon has played all 16 games just once in his five-year career.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 09:59:00 AM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

He'll play in Thursday's preseason finale after missing the first three exhibition contests. The Cardinals need Weatherspoon to play important snaps this season, but he has one of the longest injury histories in football. His odds of making it 16 games are slim.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:35:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) is expected to miss the third preseason game.

Weatherspoon pulled his hamstring on the first day of camp and has not practiced since. "I need to see a lot, haven’t seen anything yet," said annoyed coach Bruce Arians. "That’s very discouraging right now, to not know where he’s at as a football player, having missed most of last year and all of this camp." The Cardinals do not have enough talent at linebacker for Arians to seriously consider benching Weatherspoon, but the beginning of his Cardinals career could not have gone much worse.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon suffered a setback with his injured hamstring.

"Looks like it’s going to be another week," coach Bruce Arians said. Weatherspoon pulled the hamstring on the first day of camp and has not gotten in a full day of practice since. Weatherspoon has missed 28 games the last three seasons including all of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles'.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 09:25:00 AM

New Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') has been fully cleared.

Injuries have limited Weatherspoon to seven games over the past two seasons. "I just have to get back to practicing a little bit more and being on that steady routine," he said. "But I definitely think it saved my legs being off of them for the past two years." 'Spoon has been a difference-maker when healthy, but the Cards can't count on a full slate of games from the 2010 first-rounder.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 10:25:00 PM

Cardinals agreed to terms with ILB Sean Weatherspoon to a one-year contract worth just below $4 million.

When healthy, Weatherspoon is a versatile and difference-making linebacker that was arguably the top player available at his position in free agency. The problem has always been durability, as he's played just one full NFL season and is coming off an Achilles' tendon rupture. The Cardinals will hope Weatherspoon makes a full recovery and is able to stabilize their 3-4 inside linebacker spot made shaky by Daryl Washington's off-field issues and Larry Foote's retirement. The Falcons could look to replace Spoon with free agent Malcom Smith, who played for new head coach Dan Quinn in Seattle.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 07:33:00 AM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk's Mike Florio free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon will sign with either the Cardinals or the Saints.

Arizona was considered the favorite for Weatherspoon on Saturday. They have competition from New Orleans, which has placed MLB Curtis Lofton on the trade block and may soon release WLB David Hawthorne. Coming off a torn Achilles' tendon, Weatherspoon will be a boom-or-bust free agent investment.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 01:23:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon is unlikely to re-sign with the Falcons.

Atlanta has been adamant in its desire to re-sign Weatherspoon, but he looks poised to test the market. Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 after tearing his Achilles' last June. A first-round pick of the Falcons in 2010, Weatherspoon has played only one full season in his career and has played just seven games the last two seasons. Weatherspoon is reportedly leaning toward the Cardinals.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 01:14:00 PM

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