FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - In a season rife with injuries and lineup changes, the Atlanta Falcons will deploy their fifth configuration of linebackers Sunday at Tampa Bay.
This time, it will be good news.
Sean Weatherspoon, out since suffering a foot sprain in the second game, was activated this week and will start in his customary weakside spot when the Falcons (2-7) play visit the Buccaneers (1-8).
Falcons Mike Smith says Weatherspoon "brings a lot of energy and passion to the game. He's earned the role of a leader. You don't anoint one; they earn it and he's earned it."
Weatherspoon's replacement - undrafted rookie Paul Worrilow - is staying in the lineup. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is moving middle linebacker Akeem Dent to a reserve role and putting Worrilow to that spot.