Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Tuesday night that Weatherspoon was running “with our medical staff” during one of those essential OTA’s — an organized team activity, which is a fancy term for a post-Memorial-Day-but-pre-Fourth-of-July practice — when the injury occurred. (Good thing he wasn’t trying to work out unattended, huh?) This means that the team’s best linebacker won’t be available for what stands to be the first year the Falcons switch to the 3-4 — which deploys four linebackers — as their base defense.
(The Falcons are still quibbling over whether they’ll be a 4-3 with 3-4 capabilities, but that’s mostly semantics. The Falcons love to quibble over semantics.)