Posted: 1:27 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Video: Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon only ’80 percent’ four months after knee injury 

By Michael Cunningham

Watch the video to hear Sean Weatherspoon’s update on his health, his thoughts on coach Mike Smith’s emphasis on toughness, his impression of potential draft picks and which Falcons player he thinks is due for a big season.

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon met with reporters today at the team facility and said he still hasn’t been cleared for team workouts more than four months after suffering a knee injury.

“I have been working nonstop with the training staff about four or five days a week doing whatever I can do to get my body feeling good so I can get back to where I’m feeling at top (speed),” Weatherspoon said. “I would say I’m feeling about 80 percent right now. I’m working hard and looking forward to getting back to 100 percent. I really don’t know my schedule.”

Weatherspoon left Atlanta’s 27-26 victory against the Redskins on Dec. 15 and didn’t play in the final two games. Weatherspoon also missed seven games with a foot injury last season.

The Falcons selected Weatherspoon with the 19th overall selection in the 2010 draft. He’s struggled with injuries during his career and now faces another offseason with questions about his health.

Weatherspoon’s contract expires after next season.

“This year means everything for me,” Weatherspoon said. “I think time will tell if I will be part of this organization for a few years or (2014) could be my last. I am looking forward to going out there and focusing on doing my job one play at a time.  I just pray for a clean bill of health and I know everything will work out in my favor.”

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Buffalo LB Khalil Mack

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

 

18 comments
SOB
SOB

I always liked the Spoon and thought he was a good draft pick. But strange things start happening to people when they come to Losersville, USA. They start off by drinking that Flowery Branch water out of the creek. Not a good idea. Great ones turn into mush and mushy ones, well, turn into starting offensive linemen. Pun intended. Lay off that creek water men...

gfw
gfw

Depressing news.  Spoon doesn't shed blocks very well, but he does play with good energy, and had, at least until the knee, good quickness.  He and Babs were possibly our only two somewhat-above-NFL-average players on defense.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

the last time I saw a stupid hat like that was on Grady in the old Sanford and Son show. We've hired Grady as our key linebacker!

Way to go again Tommy D! I'm sure the Patriots are heartbroken you left.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Look at his stupid hat in the picture above. Does this guy have any self esteem at all? I wouldn't hire him for dog catcher in my neighborhood. Tommy Dimitroff does it again!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Nice to see the 'ole I might leave or I might stay attitude from Spoon. 'This contract year is a really important year for me'. Unlike last year when he and the team quit on Atlanta and didn't care whether they won.

Well, I don't care either. That's why I'll only watch on TV this year if that. Players that don't give a rip except in a contract year is what we have accumulated on this team!

Put that in your pipe and smoke it...

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Now that DeCoud is gone.....Spoon is the easily the most hate-able Falcons player.

Put up or shut up dude!

TG88
TG88

You guys are not watching the same games I am..Spoon is one of the best LB in the NFL. Weak?? Ask Redskins QB RG111 How hard the Spoon hits!!!! Any fan compairing Spoon to OTSam Baker should be put in the NUT house..Spoon is the best defensive player we have...Wish Spoon the best!!

slydawg
slydawg

Bye Bye Weatherspoon. The Falcons can get younger, faster, CHEAPER, and more durable linebackers both in this draft and next year's.

Hellasirrah
Hellasirrah

Curtis Lofton was not made of glass.. The guy makes 110 to 130 tackle a season..  Consistent, big mistake we allow him to leave..

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

"Contract year".  He'll probably be extra cautious, and miss OTA's etc, and then get nicked up again because he wasn't ready for game speed.  Hopefully 2014 IS his last season.  Time to get "tougher".

RogerHenslee
RogerHenslee

Sam Baker, Julio and Sean are all made of glass. Lets hope all three FINALLY have a healthy season.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Rehab takes time. If he rushes it, it'l blow out again.

JSSN
JSSN

@TG88  

Oh we're (watching) the same games you are. Now go back and actually count those games! You're not paying him Worrilow or Bartu money; he can't stay on the field. "The best defensive player we have," and he can't stay on the field. (Sam) Baker has actually been more durable than Weatherspoon! That is damning in itself! That will put someone in a "nuthouse!"

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Hellasirrah  

Loften was clearly tougher and more durable, but he is only a two down LB with pedestrian speed...the problem today in the NFL is 1st and 2nd downs are no longer "running downs." 

JSSN
JSSN

@RogerHenslee  

Remember that personal attack a few weeks back? It was from a defender of Sean Weatherspoon (the defensive play caller, the appointed leader of Falcons defense), yet here we go again!