Falcons place Sean Weatherspoon on IR, with designation to return

9/18/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAn already-banged up Atlanta Falcons’ defense keeps on getting more hits just three weeks into the regular season. The Falcons already lost defensive end Kory Biermann for the season due to an Achilles tendon while cornerback Asante Samuel tweaked his thigh in the 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams last week. Now the injury bug has bitten the Falcons’ linebacking corps, that wasn’t exactly brimming with depth to begin with. The Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday they placed the team’s star linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on the injured reserve with the designation to return.
Weatherspoon suffered a sprained foot in the first half of the Falcons’ victory last week, with the injury turning out to be more serious than initially expected. The fourth-year pro will be ineligible to practice for six weeks and won’t return to the active roster until Week 11 (against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – to help a team with playoffs in the last month of the 2013 season.
Before being sidelined with a foot sprain, Weatherspoon tallied 13 tackles (10 solo) in two games this season.
Through his entire NFL career, Weatherspoon has played all 16 regular season games just once in 2011. Last season, Weatherspoon missed three games, while racking up 95 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and four pass breakups. With Weatherspoon’s injury the Falcons have lost a key starter on their defense, which should immediately impact the team’s ability to rush the passer and drop linebacker into coverage while also taking away considerable athleticism. Rookie linebackers Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow could step up to find increased playing among the Falcons’ front seven.
But Weatherspoon is only the fourth Falcons starter to suffer serious injuries in the Falcons’ win over the Rams last week. Defensive end Kroy Biermann, was placed on the season-ending injured reserve yesterday after tearing his Achilles tendon on Sunday, along with fullback Bradie Ewing, who is out with a shoulder injury. Running back Steven Jackson was also ruled out for 2-4 weeks due to with a thigh injury suffered last Sunday night.
Receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White are also playing through injuries.
The Falcons attempted shore up on both sides of ball – ahead of this Sunday’s game at Miami – with a handful of roster moves on Tuesday. The team promoted fullback Patrick DiMarco to the active roster, while also signing veteran linebackers Jamar Chaney and Omar Gaither.
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