In their season finale, the Atlanta Falcons will once again be without two key players both offensively and defensively. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will not be in the lineup when the Falcons face off against their rivals, the Carolina Panthers.
Rodgers, who has 1, 248 all-purpose yards this season, sustained a concussion in their loss against the San Francisco 49ers and will end his season a game early. With Steven Jackson missing a huge chunk of the season with his own personal injuries mainly to his hamstring, Rodgers was one of the few consistent weapons that the Falcons still had as he proved to be an impact player in certain games this year.
Rodgers was a dual-threat running back as he was often the safety valve for Matt Ryan when nobody else could get open. Rodgers will finish the year with 332 yards on the ground and 341 receiving yards. He also had two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.
Defensively, Weatherspoon is no stranger to injuries as he has managed to play in just seven games after his breakout year in 2012. Earlier in the year, Weatherspoon missed multiple games due to a Lisfranc foot sprain, but will miss the Falcons’ last game due to a right knee injury.
The fourth-year veteran will finish the year with just 38 total tackles after he notched a season-high 115 tackles in 2011 and 95 in 2012. Weatherspoon is clearly the best defensive player the Falcons have, but they will once again not have him on the field because of an injury. To the very end, injuries continue to devastate the Falcons.