Atlanta Falcons minicamp reports indicate that Sean Weatherspoon is back at 100% despite arthroscopic knee surgery, but are those reports accurate?
Before his ankle injury in November 2012 that sidelined him for three games, he had three sacks in his first seven games. After his return? No sacks, but numbers alone don’t always paint a complete picture. He still delivered when needed, and being voted by the team as one of the team captains for postseason play speaks volumes of his performance. It was only after the season ended that Weatherspoon started having knee issues, according to Weatherspoon himself. The issues led to arthroscopic knee surgery, which kept him from participating in the OTA’s.
The cause for concern is only slight, as it should be. Falcons head coach Mike Smith was impressed with what he saw from Weatherspoon and fellow rehabbing OLB Stephen Nicholas during minicamp, stating “they got more reps than I anticipated they would…Sean is an integral part of our team.”
Current linebacker depth (or lack of) notwithstanding…no pressure, Sean. Really.
Weatherspoon is continuing his work at the training facility even though the minicamp is done. He admits that his endurance isn’t where it should be, and conditioning will be a priority in the weeks leading up to mandatory training camp.
All in all, Weatherspoon will continue to prove himself worthy of being that 2010 first-round draft pick. Again considering the linebacker depth, he must get—and stay—healthy and productive. There’s work to be done, and training camp will be prime time for him to step up and once again lead that work direction…for all the linebackers on the field.