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Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with the loss of a defensive starter before training camp has even started as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The team had been holding out Weatherspoon from organized team activities as he recovered from a knee injury. He apparently was running with the medical staff when he suffered the injury.

"We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon," coach Mike Smith said in a statement. "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."

Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he's entering the final year of his contract with the team, leaving his future in Atlanta up in the air.

The 26-year-old Weatherspoon has played just 16 games in one season in his four NFL seasons.


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