Sean Weatherspoon is reportedly coming back

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 11: Sean Weatherspoon
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 11: Sean Weatherspoon /

Atlanta Falcons reportedly bringing back linebacker Sean Weatherspoon after linebacker Duke Riley is set to undergo MRI

Atlanta Falcons fans received some not so good news yesterday, as reports surfaced regarding rookie Falcons linebacker Duke Riley.

A report notes that Riley is set to undergo an MRI, with a follow up of information to be released on Wednesday.

With this news, the Falcons are reportedly re-signing linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. As reported by ESPN.

Weatherspoon was drafted by the Falcons in 2010. After spending four season with the team, he then played one year for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015.

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Falcons fans may recall that Atlanta re-signed Weatherspoon last year (2016), however he was placed on injured reserve early on in the season. Also, in 2014, Weatherspoon suffered a season ending injury (ruptured Achilles).

Weatherspoon has been plagued with injuries, but if he can stay healthy, he could be a solid pick-up for the Falcons.

For his career, Weatherspoon has 246 tackles and 8 sacks.

It remains to be seen if Weatherspoon has lost a step as a result of multiple career injuries. Furthermore, Weatherspoon has not participated in a regular season football game in over a year.

The Falcons can only hope that Weatherspoon will quickly find his footing and transition seamlessly into full speed game action.

One thing is for certain. Weatherspoon has proven himself to be a passionate and vocal leader on the field. His energy could provide a spark to the Falcons defense, which gave up 403-yards against the New England Patriots this past Sunday.

Again, if Weatherspoon can stay healthy, he could provide strong on-field leadership and high energy play. And while he may lack the youth of Riley, Weatherspoon could add additional veteran leadership to an otherwise young defense.

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With news of his reported signing, expect to see Weatherspoon play against the New York Jets this Sunday.