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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

Hard Knocks open thread: Smith, Dimitroff and Weatherspoon to be featured

  • 9:30 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Checking in for our Hard Knocks open thread.

After the show, we’ll post a video recap.

HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.

It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.

The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .

He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.

Smith talks about the [More]

VIDEO: Weatherspoon to miss 2014 season

  • 12:26 pm Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his Achilles tendon on Tuesday and will miss the 2014 season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Justin Shackil discuss the injury & recap the Falcons’ OTAs. 

PHASE THREE OF OFFSEASON PROGRAM

–Today, June 11 – OTA No. 8.

–Thursday, June 12 – OTA No. 9.

–Friday, June 13 – OTA No. 10.

–Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

–Tuesday, June 17 — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (5 practices over three days)

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp.

–Thursday, June 19 – Day Three: Mandatory minicamp. (Offseason program ends for veterans).

TBA – Rookie Symposium

TBA – (Late July) – Report to Training camp.

 DRAFT CLASS [More]

What’s next for the Falcons at linebacker?

  • 7:24 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Weatherspoon, the team’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft (19th overall), was headed into a contract season before rupturing his Achilles tendon while running with the training staff on Tuesday.

Now, all three of the starting linebackers for the Falcons in the NFC championship game against San Francisco after the 2012 season, are out of the lineup. Akeem Dent lost his job during last season and Stephen Nicholas was released over the offseason.

The Falcons, who played most of last season with Paul Worrilow, Joplo Bartu, Weatherspoon and Dent in the top spots, have been revamping the unit. They selected four [More]

What’s next for Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon?

  • 7:10 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Weatherspoon, the team’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft (19th overall), was headed into a contract season before rupturing his Achilles tendon while running with the training staff on Tuesday.

Weatherspoon, 26, was coming off a tough campaign in 2013. The 6-foot, 1-inch and 241-pound linebacker, spent part of the season on injured reserve/designated to return with a foot injury before making it back, only to exit again with a knee injury.

After the surgery, Weatherspoon faces a long recovery period.

“For him to go back to being an inside linebacker, he’s going to be out closer to four or five [More]

Injury update: Jones, Weatherspoon and Motta

  • 10:42 am Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

By Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon are unlikely to participate in any of the team’s activities before the start of training camp.

Smith said neither Jones (foot) nor Weatherspoon (knee) would be “doing a whole lot” in the offseason conditioning program or the full-team minicamp scheduled to begin later this month.

“Our focus is strictly on getting them ready to go for training camp” in late July, Smith said.

Jones suffered an injury to his left foot in Week 5 last season and missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery. Jones [More]

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

  • 1:27 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 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 [More]