FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons will face Dallas on Sunday without leading tackler Sean Weatherspoon, as head coach Mike Smith ruled him out on Thursday with an ankle injury.
Weatherspoon, the weakside linebacker, had played every snap on defense for the Falcons this season until suffering the injury with 9:08 remaining in Sundays 30-17 win at Philadelphia.
He was removed from the field on a cart and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday.
According to NFL.com, Weatherspoons 52 tackles rank first on the team with strongside linebacker Stephen Nicholas 45 ranking second. Weatherspoons three sacks also rank second on the team.
Veteran Mike Peterson, at age 36, will fill in for Weatherspoon in the 4-3 base defense; however, how much Peterson plays depends on how much the Falcons use that defense, as opposed to their nickel package which coordinator Mike Nolan has shown a preference for. Last Sunday against the Eagles, starting middle linebacker Akeem Dent said the Falcons only pl...