For the first time in three weeks the Atlanta Falcons have not ruled out linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who was their leading tackler when he injured his ankle on Oct. 28, for Sundays game, instead listing Weatherspoon as questionable.
In addition, wide receiver Julio Jones, who has an ankle injury that he suffered last Sunday at New Orleans, also was listed as questionable. Neither player participated in practice all week.
On Wednesday, Weatherspoon began working on the field, but not in practice, with the team's athletic performance staff. Each day this week the Falcons had expected to increase his workload in the hope of getting Weatherspoon ready for Sunday. Smith has said that both players could be game-time decisions and that he will not hold them out because they missed practice.
On Wednesday, Smith had said that the team wanted to keep Jones "off his feet."
Weatherspoon has not practiced since before he was injured.
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