(FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.) — Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a low right ankle sprain.
Akeem Dent will fill Weatherspoon’ role in the nickel package, which is the defensive set most used by head coach Mike Smith.
“Each week I go out in practice and continue to get reps within the nickel package,” Dent said. “It’s no different for me. I always watch Sean when he’s in there and get mental reps if I’m not in the game or not on the field in practice.”
When the team plays their base 4-3 defense, Mike Peterson will take Weatherspoon’ place.
Weatherspoon currently leads the team with 52 tackles.
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