Sean Weatherspoon suffers ruptured Achilles, will miss 2014 season

Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon’s comeback from late-season knee surgery, has taken a turn for the worst. The Atlanta Falcons posted on their Twitter page Tuesday evening that Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured Achilles and as a result, will miss the 2014 season.

It’s another setback for the incredibly talented Weatherspoon who was named defensive captain in 2012. Falcons head coach Mike Smith released a statement on the injury to the media today.

“During Sean’s run today with our medical staff, he suffered an injury. We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

The full recovery is obviously good news for the future, but the present now leaves a huge hole at linebacker for the Falcons. They may look at linebacker Prince Shembo, who they drafted in the fourth round, to come in and replace Weatherspoon’s spot in the defense.

Weatherspoon has been limited to a total of 20 games over the last two seasons due to various injuries. His best season came in 2011 when he played all 16 games in the regular season and compiled 115 tackles and four sacks.

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