clear
Wednesday May 6th, 2015 1:37AM

Injury crisis -- Falcons LB Weatherspoon out 8 weeks; RB Jackson out

By The Associated Press
FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Atlanta Falcons have placed linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on injured reserve-designated to return, meaning he will be out a minimum of eight weeks.

Meanwhile, Falcons coach Mike Smith says running back Steven Jackson will miss Sunday's game at Miami with a thigh injury.

Smith says Jackson has a short-term injury. He provided no further details.

The announcements Tuesday came one day after the Falcons placed two other starters, defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing, on injured reserve with season-ending injuries from a win over St. Louis.

Weatherspoon sustained a foot injury in Sunday's game and didn't return. While the team didn't specify the specifics of his injury, it was clearly serious with the Falcons opting to use a special one-time-only provision of injured reserve, which allows the linebacker o return to practice in six weeks and rejoin the roster in Week 11.

Jackson left last week's win over the Rams after scoring in the first quarter on an 8-yard pass from Matt Ryan. Smith says Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will share the work at running back against the Dolphins.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Bartus, Icemen shuts out Gwinnett
Garrett Bartus pitched a 42 save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year
10:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Gator Bowl Preview Capsule
A rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which Georgia won 45-31 in Orlando.
8:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Millsap's 34 leads Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap had season highs with 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon.
7:44PM ( 1 year ago )
Sports
Falcons fire offensive, defensive line coaches
The Atlanta Falcons have fired defensive line coach Ray Hamilton and offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn.
7:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Best, worst of Falcons' 4-12 season
Best Game: They'd been eliminated from playoff contention previous week vs. New Orleans, but the Falcons showed some heart with Dec. 1 overtime victory over Bills in Toronto.
6:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Gonzalez's career ends with another Falcons loss
Tony Gonzalez is ready for the next chapter of his life.
9:47PM ( 1 year ago )
Professional Sports
Girls soccer: Lady War Eagles make history, storm into first ever quarterfinals
Mark Dunn keeps watching his retirement drift further and further away. And the Chestatee girls soccer coach is just fine with that...
2:07PM ( 12 hours from now )
Girls soccer: Lady Wolves roll into 3rd round; St. Pius up next (VIDEO)
Buford girls soccer coach Crystal Fowler wanted to see some variety from her offense Tuesday in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs...
12:45PM ( 11 hours from now )
Baseball: Area teams head to 2nd round with momentum
Area teams caught some big breaks, others made their own, and one, Jackson County, made history in the first round of the state baseball playoffs...
12:31PM ( 10 hours from now )
Hawks fight back, knot up series with Wizards, 1-1
DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Kyle Korver bounced back from a miserable first half and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held off the Washington Wizards 106-90 on Tuesday night, taking advantage of John Wall's absence to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.
10:40AM ( 9 hours from now )
Miller, Braves spoil Billingsley's return, beat Phillies 9-0
Shelby Miller has thrown other shutouts, but never one as efficient...
11:39PM ( 1 hour ago )