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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to fix a lingering groin-related issue and is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks.

Worrilow’s agent, Jim Ulrich, confirmed the timetable, with a three-week recovery period hopeful but highly unlikely. The surgery will be performed in Philadelphia by noted sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers, who also performed surgery on Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed last year.

Worrilow’s injury is related to tearing in his adductor muscles. He had been playing with lower abdomen pain for a while, and the pain eventually led to straining of the adductor muscles.

Based on the recovery time following surgery, Worrilow could be placed on injured reserve and activated later in the season, if the Falcons elect to go that route. New NFL rules allow the Falcons to make such a move without immediately designating Worrilow for a return.

Placing Worrilow on IR would open up a roster spot for outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield, who agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday.

Worrilow, formerly the starting middle linebacker, was the team’s leading tackler the previous three seasons. He was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Deion Jones, a second-round pick from LSU.

Worrilow played a team-high 25 special teams snaps in last Sunday’s 35-28 win over the Oakland Raiders. He also played one snap on defense.

The Falcons are likely to move Philip Wheeler from outside linebacker back to inside linebacker for depth. Rookie De’Vondre Campbell is nursing an ankle injury and missed last week’s game, leaving Sean Weatherspoon to start at weak-side linebacker. Weatherspoon played primarily middle linebacker during the preseason when the defense was vanilla. And LaRoy Reynolds is the other player listed on the depth chart at inside linebacker.

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13 minutes ago, YoungHeezy said:

Just move Wheeler back inside and let Scho play the SAM 

From a Vaughn McClure article on Tuesday:

"As for Schofield, he's expected to come back and fill the same strongside linebacker role he played near the end of last season, with some pass-rush responsibilities sprinkled in. Right now, the Falcons are using Vic Beasley Jr. and Philip Wheeler at that spot. With Schofield in the mix, Wheeler could go back to playing inside linebacker, because rookie inside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell is recovering from an ankle injury with no timetable for a return."

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15 minutes ago, YoungHeezy said:

Just move Wheeler back inside and let Scho play the SAM 

Exactly. This is part of the unnoticed but very nice work Quinn et al have done in bringing some quality depth to this team that had none defensively just two seasons ago. 

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Groin surgery for adductor injuries was a common hockey injury back in the 90's early 2000's. Nike had made some skates that ended up putting additional pressure on the abdomen and damaging them leading to groin damage for a couple of players. 

The same can happen in any sport where you wear a shoe/boot of some sort and change directions a lot. It has to do with the angle of your foot on the ground straining your ab/groin area due to the constant pressure. If you were barefoot it wouldn't happen if I understand the science behind it.

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Y'all are some ********, dude was undrafted and thrusted into a starting role on a defense with no depth, talent or identity and played his heart out. Never doubted Worrilow's effort, yeah he didn't have the talent and sure as **** didn't have the speed but godspeed recovery to that man.

Call yourselves "fans" but have no compassion for the players whatsoever, SMH.

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10 hours ago, mtldirtybird said:

Groin surgery for adductor injuries was a common hockey injury back in the 90's early 2000's. Nike had made some skates that ended up putting additional pressure on the abdomen and damaging them leading to groin damage for a couple of players. 

The same can happen in any sport where you wear a shoe/boot of some sort and change directions a lot. It has to do with the angle of your foot on the ground straining your ab/groin area due to the constant pressure. If you were barefoot it wouldn't happen if I understand the science behind it.

Ouch baby very ouch. That takes a mans mojo.

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9 hours ago, ChickenBiscuit said:

Y'all are some ********, dude was undrafted and thrusted into a starting role on a defense with no depth, talent or identity and played his heart out. Never doubted Worrilow's effort, yeah he didn't have the talent and sure as **** didn't have the speed but godspeed recovery to that man.

Call yourselves "fans" but have no compassion for the players whatsoever, SMH.

I love the movie Rudy, but you can't have a bunch of Rudys on the team, like Worrilow, hoping he'll make a play sooner than later.

Effort is good. Still don't mean jack without NFL-level talent.

 

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14 hours ago, ChickenBiscuit said:

Y'all are some ********, dude was undrafted and thrusted into a starting role on a defense with no depth, talent or identity and played his heart out. Never doubted Worrilow's effort, yeah he didn't have the talent and sure as **** didn't have the speed but godspeed recovery to that man.

Call yourselves "fans" but have no compassion for the players whatsoever, SMH.

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