The Falcons on Tuesday placed MLB Deion Jones on IR with a foot injury. The specific injury is not yet clear, but HC Dan Quinn said Jones will "require a procedure." Quinn added that they "do expect to get him back at some point this season." Short-term IR, though, means Jones will miss at least 8 games. That makes him not worth keeping in just about any redraft IDP league. Atlanta signed former Eagles LB Corey Nelson this week for depth, but he obviously doesn't come close to Jones' skill set. We'll see about the Falcons' specific replacement plan. LB De'Vondre Campbell and S Damontae Kazee gain tackle upside in Jones' absence. Kazee is taking over for Keanu Neal, who suffered an ACL tear in the loss to Philadelphia.
Falcons LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. He has been out since suffering his injury in practice heading into Week 2 but could be busy in coverage against TE Jimmy Graham -- among other things -- Sunday in Seattle. Atlanta also expects to have LB Deion Jones (ankle) available after he missed last week's game. Jones put in limited practices all week. The team website reports that both will be a "full go" against the Seahawks.
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.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that he'll start rookie LBs Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell in Week 1, according to Knox Bardeen of 92.9 The Game in Atlanta. Jones has passed Paul Worrilow at ILB, while Campbell has overtaken Sean Weatherspoon on the weak side. Quinn said Worrilow and Weatherspoon will still get snaps, which could cut into the upside of the rookies. We'll see exactly what the roles look like as we get into the regular season. But Jones and Campbell are the far more exciting athletes, so it's nice to see them get the starting gigs from the beginning.