On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons participated in a joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals (who are again appearing on HBO’s Hard Knocks – the Falcons had no interest in being in the spotlight).
During the practice, Sean Weatherspoon, who has emerged as the Falcons’ clear leader on defense, dislocated his finger. The good news is Weatherspoon didn’t suffer any broken bones. However, as the article points out, there is little depth at the weakside linebacker position.
Weatherspoon will likely be held out for the first couple of preseason games. Thus far, the Falcons have been lucky with keeping key guys healthy during training camp.
Also of note: Julio Jones didn’t participate in the joint practice. Head coach Mike Smith noted it was “mostly precautionary.”