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Despite playing just 20 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons, impending free agent Sean Weatherspoon remains an integral part of the Atlanta Falcons' plans.

"Sean Weatherspoon is going to be an important part of building this defense and building this team," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Tuesday, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He has that side of him and that leadership that we need across the board."

Weatherspoon recently advanced to running after missing the entire 2014 season due to an Achilles tendon tear last June.

"He's a guy that's really, really focused on his rehab," Dimitroff added. "We need him back in this organization to help us go to another level. He's starting to move around."

Weatherspoon piled up 210 tackles, 7.0 sacks and 12 passes defensed from 2011-12. He was the Falcons' top defender before the Lisfranc, knee and Achilles injuries of the past three years.

With Dan Quinn bringing the 4-3 scheme back to Atlanta, Weatherspoon should be slated for a return to the weakside linebacker position in which he excelled.

Durability concerns would likely force Weatherspoon, 27, to settle for a "prove-it" deal on the open market. Perhaps the Falcons can coax him into a team-friendly deal by early next month.

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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000468065/article/sean-weatherspoon-still-important-part-of-falcons-d

Despite playing just 20 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons, impending free agent Sean Weatherspoon remains an integral part of the Atlanta Falcons' plans.

"Sean Weatherspoon is going to be an important part of building this defense and building this team," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Tuesday, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He has that side of him and that leadership that we need across the board."

How can TD say that but he stiffed Lofton...who never missed a game.

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He was healthy...what is so special about Spoon...he is a good cheerleader?

He's a leader, we didn't have to try to force him to be one like we did with Lofton. Spoon is injured sure, but he also makes sacks/tips/picks when he does play. Hopefully he gets healthy, but when healthy he's a much better player and his energy feeds to those others on the defense

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He's a leader, we didn't have to try to force him to be one like we did with Lofton. Spoon is injured sure, but he also makes sacks/tips/picks when he does play. Hopefully he gets healthy, but when healthy he's a much better player and his energy feeds to those others on the defense

When he does play...you, like TD, are betting on hope. The guy that can show up to work everyday is the guy I bank on. Cal Ripken is a hero for just showing up for work.

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If he gets injured one more time he needs to be cut. He can't help us on the bench. I'll be surprised if he can have a normal career at this point given how often he is injured.

That being said when he is healthy and playing he is really good and what we need as a leader of the defense.

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Any time you are counting on the triage unit to be integral parts of your team, you get the Falcon over the past few years. We count on Baker, always hurt. We count on Spoon, available less than 50% of the time over the last three years. We needed Johnson to finally show up, always hurt. Peria Jerry was supposed to be our "spinning ball of steak knives" on the defensive line. When you rely on certain pieces to carry whole units and you have precious little behind them, you get the Atlanta Falcons.

I hope he comes back strong. But I am a realist and the odds are against him being the man anymore. Brittle is as brittle does.

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