Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 2 months ago

Weatherspoon made all the defensive calls during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Weatherspoon's injury-laden career culminated in a torn Achilles last June, which erased the entire 2014 campaign, but shortly after signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March, he relayed that the most recent ailment was "completely healed." In the previous two offseasons, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim inked Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie to such prove-it deals, which they were able to parlay into significant paydays after productive seasons. Only 27 years old and a 2010 first-round pick, Weatherspoon's background indicates that his best years could be in front of him, if he avoids the injury bug.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 5 months ago

Weatherspoon said that his Achilles is "completely healed" during Wednesday's introductory news conference with the Cardinals, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.

During a recent evaluation with the doctor who performed his Achilles surgery, Weatherspoon was given the all clear from the ruptured tendon that wiped out his 2014 season, his fifth and final with the Falcons. Injuries have hindered him throughout his career, but he does have a 113-tackle campaign to his name during his sole complete campaign in 2011. As a Cardinal, he offers enough versatility to help out at both inside and outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 5 months ago

Weatherspoon is slated to sign a one-year, four million dollar contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Weatherspoon missed the entire 2014 campaign after tearing his Achilles last June, which followed a number of maladies during the 2013 season. Nonetheless, the 2010 first-round pick has proven plenty talented when healthy and the Cardinals have shown few reservations about signing formerly injury-prone players in years past. In Weatherspoon's only full NFL season back in 2011, he registered an excellent 115 tackles and four sacks, which offers nice upside for the Cardinals linebacking corp heading into next season.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 1 year ago

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.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 1 year ago

Falcons WLB 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, who has missed 16 combined games over the past two seasons. 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.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 1 year ago

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. Once healthy, Weatherspoon could be asked to play inside 'backer if the Falcons switch to the 3-4.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 1 year ago

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 and ending it by sitting out the last two weeks with a knee issue. 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.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 1 year ago

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.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 2 years ago

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.

Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 2 years ago

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.