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Weatherspoon out with ruptured right achilles


Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured achilles and is likely out for the remainder of the season, according to his agent Ryan Williams.

“I feel terrible for him,” Williams wrote in an e-mail to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.

Weatherspoon couldn’t put any pressure on his right leg as he exited the field during the Falcons’ 48-33 victory over the Panthers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons said they are waiting on the official results, but will likely let coach Dan Quinn inform the media at his regularly scheduled press conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Weatherspoon underwent tests to determine the extent of his injury today.

The Falcons are already thin at linebacker with De’Vondre Campbell, who suffered an ankle injury in during the closed portion of practice on Sept. 15, and Paul Worrilow (groin surgery) out.

Campbell was told by the team that he’d be out four to six weeks. But just two weeks after the injury, Campbell was running with trainers last week. Campbell, the fourth-round pick from Minnesota, started the season-opener against Tampa Bay at weakside linebacker.

Weatherspoon, who has an extensive injury history, was filling in for Campbell.

Weatherspoon’s injury was announced as a calf/Achilles injury on his right leg. The team doctor had Weatherspoon lay down on a table as he tried to flex the achilles on his bent leg.

“I think so,” Campbell said when asked if he was close to returning. “It’s getting better.”

Campbell said he’s going to try to play against Denver.

“I may have to,” he said because of the injuries. “They said I’m healing fast. I may have to come back. We’ll see.”


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