Falcons Sean Weatherspoon Out For the Year With Ruptured Achillies Tendon

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) – Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will miss the 2014 season.
Weatherspoon suffered the injury on Tuesday while running under the supervision of the team’s medical staff. Weatherspoon had been held out of the organized team activities as he was continuing his recovery from a foot injury that limited him to only seven games in 2013.
The loss of Weatherspoon, the team’s first-round pick from Missouri in 2010, is a blow to the Falcons, whose 2013 season was marked by a string of injuries. Weatherspoon has eight sacks and two interceptions in his first four seasons.
Coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday night that Weatherspoon will have surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
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