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Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's win over the Panthers, ESPN.com reports. Weatherspoon had been playing some of his best football and delivering strong tackle numbers for IDP owners after stepping in for injured rookie De'Vondre Campbell in Week 2. This injury will end his season, though, and comes just 2 seasons after Weatherspoon ruptured his left Achilles' tendon. The 28-year-old is playing on a 1-year contract, so we'll see where his career goes after this. He's safe to drop in all IDP formats, however -- including dynasty. Campbell should now find a clear path back to his starting job with his injured ankle is ready for action.

The Falcons have ruled rookie LB De'Vondre Campbell out for Sunday's game at Oakland because of an ankle injury he suffered in practice Thursday. That will leave Sean Weatherspoon starting in place of the guy who led all Falcons LBs in snaps played last week. Weatherspoon carries some low-end IDP appeal. Campbell's absence also might help Raiders TE Clive Walford a bit. Atlanta views Campbell as key to their TE coverage.

Cardinals LB Sean Weatherspoon returned to practice Tuesday and is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale, according to the Arizona Republic. Weatherspoon has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury and watched Kevin Minter and Kenny Demens work as the ILB starters. We'll see if this week proves to be enough to win the veteran free-agent addition a starting job. Minter looks like the only ILB worth a look here for IDP owners. Weatherspoon suffered myriad injuries in Atlanta, including an Achilles' tear that cost him all of last season.

Cardinals LB Sean Weatherspoon has missed both preseason games so far and is expected to miss the 3rd as well, according to the Arizona Republic. Someone asked HC Bruce Arians on Monday what he needed to see from Weatherspoon before the regular season: "I need to see a lot, haven’t seen anything yet. That’s very discouraging right now, to not know where he’s at as a football player, having missed most of last year and all of this camp.” Weatherspoon missed all of last season with an Achilles' tendon tear. A hamstring injury has been the big problem this summer. Arians said ILBs Kevin Minter and Kenny Demens have played well so far. They would start if Weatherspoon doesn't prove ready for the regular season. The whole Cardinals LB corps looks pretty iffy for IDP use in fantasy football.

The Cardinals listed FS Tyrann Mathieu and SS Tony Jefferson as starters in their initial depth chart Monday. Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com says that SS Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson "have been running with the first unit" in practice. "In the end, all four get a lot of snaps," Urban adds. Given that situation, it might not matter who actually starts. At the same time, a rotation will limit fantasy-scoring opportunities for the IDP prospects. That has suppressed all Arizona DB projections in our 2015 IDP rankings. Elsewhere on D, the Cards list OLB Lorenzo Alexander, ILB Sean Weatherspoon, ILB Kevin Minter and OLB Alex Okafor as starters. We're not excited about any as IDP factors. Weatherspoon would carry the most upside, but he needs to show that he still has his old quicks even after last June's Achilles' tendon tear.

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reports that LB Sean Weatherspoon will sign a 1-year, $4 million deal with the Cardinals once free agency opens. Consider us surprised if the veteran couldn't get the same deal to stay with the Falcons, especially given that the coach and GM had said they wanted him back. Weatherspoon's biggest problem has been injuries. He has played all 16 games in a season just once since entering the league 5 years ago. Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 after rupturing an Achilles' tendon. He missed 9 games the year before because of foot and knee injuries. A 4-3 OLB in Atlanta, he'll project to the inside in Arizona's 3-4 front. The 1-year "prove it" deal adds intrigue to a player who has performed well and delivered cross-category IDP scoring when healthy. We'll keep an eye on his reports heading into and through training camp. If you can draft Weatherspoon as a low 4th or 5th LB in your 2015 IDP league, you could wind up with some sneaky value. We'll also see what his addition might mean for ILB Daryl Washington, who spent last year suspended by the league.

Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon ruptured an Achilles' tendon in a limited workout with trainers Tuesday.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the team says he'll have surgery soon and miss the entire season.  Weatherspoon was working back from a 2013 knee injury but was expected to be ready for training camp.  The talented LB lost 9 games to injury last year, the 3rd time in his 4 seasons he missed at least 3 contests.  You'll need to take his injury risk into account when considering him in your IDP draft going forward.  If the Falcons play more 3-4 fronts this season as expected, it could lessen the impact of losing Weatherspoon.

Falcons OLB Sean Weatherspoon is questionable for Monday night's game at San Francisco with a knee injury.  ESPN's Vaughn McClure says it "seems likely to keep him from playing."  Given Weatherspoon's late kickoff for Week 16 and his sluggish play since returning from a Lisfranc injury, he's not worth the risk in your IDP league.

Falcons OLB Sean Weatherspoon suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over Washington, but HC Mike Smith appeared optimistic Monday.  He said he had no update on Weatherspoon's health but that he expects the weak-side starter to return to the field "at some point in time this week."  We'll see about that.  You should forget about Weatherspoon for IDP purposes from here, though.  He has dealt with several nagging issues since returning from the foot injury that landed him on short-term IR.  Stephen Nicholas would start in his place if Weatherspoon can't play Monday night.

Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (shoulder) is active despite coming into the day questionable.  He's a risky option given several nagging ailments, but 'Spoon reminded us last week of his big-play upside.  He retains intriguing fantasy scoring potential against Washington today.

Falcons OLB Sean Weatherspoon (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's meeting with Washington.  ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports that he's expected to play, though.  He's an upside option in IDP leagues who also carries risk.

Falcons OLB Sean Weatherspoon (shoulder, knee) is active for today's game against the Bills in Toronto.  He has yet to contribute big IDP numbers since returning from short-term IR but always carries multi-category upside as a fantasy option.

Falcons OLB Sean Weatherspoon is questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Bills.  A knee injury limited his practice reps Friday and joins a shoulder ailment.  Of course, both differ from the Lisfranc foot injury that landed him on short-term IR earlier this season.  Weatherspoon makes for a risky option against Buffalo, but we'll keep an eye on his Sunday status.

Falcons OLB Sean Weatherspoon told reporters today that he will start Sunday's game in Tampa at his familiar weak-side spot.  The team reportedly plans to shift Paul Worrilow over to the middle and keep Joplo Bartu on the strong side.  Worrilow, of course, is coming off 2 straight 19-tackle outings while filling in for Weatherspoon on the weak side.  'Spoon will see his 1st action since a Week 2 Lisfranc injury, so it's quite possible he'll need to knock off a little rust.  It's also quite possible the team will ease him back in at less than his full snap count.  That makes Weatherspoon a risky IDP prospect for Week 11 -- albeit 1 with upside.  We'll also have to see whether Worrilow will remain a 3-down player.  His tremendous production over the past 2 games makes him worth the gamble in your IDP lineup this week, though.  Let's hope Sunday's game at least answers our questions so that we fantasy football owners can tap into the well of IDP value in this LB corps the rest of the way.

The Falcons have activated LB Sean Weatherspoon from IR (designated to return) following a September foot injury.  Weatherspoon returned to practice last week and is expected to play against the Bucs this Sunday.  It's not yet clear whether he'll jump back into a full role right away.  We'd prefer to wait at least a week before restoring him to fantasy football lineups, but now's the time to add the star 'backer to your IDP roster.  Weatherspoon brings top 10 scoring potential among fantasy LBs.

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