Starting linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, Sean Weatherspoon, injured his right knee last week in the team’s 27-26 victory over the Washington Redskins. As a result, Weatherspoon is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Weatherspoon has missed seven games this season with a Lisfranc foot sprain. His latest injury forced him to miss practice all week, which seems likely to keep him from playing against the 49ers.
Weatherspoon exited last Sunday’s game immediately after teammate William Moore’s third-quarter interception.
Atlanta is prepared, however, in case Weatherspoon’s injury has a setback.
If Weatherspooon is unable to go against the 49ers, Stephen Nicholas would start at linebacker next to rookies Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu, provided the Falcons begin the game in their base defense.
Nicholas is confident about his return to the lineup after losing his starting spot a few weeks ago.
“That’s what it’s about: being productive,’’ Nicholas said. “But I’m just going out there and doing my job. That’s all.’’
“They understand what I can do and what I bring to this team,’’ said Nicholas, the team’s leading tackler in 2012.