After a week away from team practice after suffering a finger injury, Sean Weatherspoon returns to practice with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.
ESPN reports that Weatherspoon returned to limited practices and will make his preseason debut next week against the Tennessee Titans. The linebacker injured his finger during practice on August 5th.
[Weatherspoon] was limited in participation on Monday with two fingers taped heavily together under a protective glove.
The team didn’t make Weatherspoon available to speak with reporters.
“We didn’t want him to have any contact quite yet, but we wanted to get him back out and let him work through drills,” [Falcons coach Mike] Smith said Monday night. “He will progress each day a little bit more.”
Weatherspoon has played his entire three-year career with the Falcons, missing just eight total regular season games and played in all 16 back in 2011. He had 95 tackles (70 total), three sacks, and one interception last season for the team.
Without Weatherspoon, the report believes that the Falcons’ linebacker core ranks “among the NFL’s least effective.” Perhaps that’s something the team can focus on improving down the road, but for now it looks like Weatherspoon will be in perfect shape for the regular season.