The Atlanta Falcons have been paper thin on the depth chart at linebacker this season, so when starting linebacker Sean Weatherspoon spoke to the media for the first time in weeks on Wednesday, fans were eager to hear that he was hopefully returning to action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Weatherspoon stepped up to the microphone and proclaimed the brown jumpsuit he donned was his “coming-back-to-work-suit.” Then he spoke the words that coaches and fans had been hoping to hear.
“Yeah, I’m ready to go,” Weatherspoon said. “I’ll be out there at practice today.”
Weatherspoon, who is one of the team leaders on the Falcons defense, has missed the past three games due to an ankle injury suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The news of ‘Spoon’s possible return couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Falcons are set to go up against one of the hottest offenses in the league. Tampa’s Josh Freeman to Vincent Jackson combination is becoming more lethal by the week, and rookie running back Doug Martin is raising eyebrows all over the league.
It was apparent how Weatherspoon’s absence hurt the Falcons against both the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals, although the defense did perform admirably without him, despite the Falcons offense putting them in a number of short field situations against the Cardinals via turnovers.
There has been no official word from the team yet as to Weatherspoon’s status, despite his contention that he is ready to go.
In seven games played this season, Weatherspoon has 52 tackles (40 solo) and three sacks to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.