Sean Weatherspoon is going to miss Sunday’s Falcons-Saints game with a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury.
Judging from his Twitter account, the Atlanta linebacker seems excited about this NFC South matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis certainly had a lot to say about it earlier this week, offering your Falcons a funeral.
Weatherspoon responded on Twitter:
“The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth! Our team will be bringing a broom to the bayou!”
He later tweeted:
“They won’t let me talk to the media but they don’t know my Twitter password! Been apart of this division for 5 yrs, won the division twice!”
As expected, Weatherspoon’s social media rant drew several responses from the Saints.
Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, when told about Weatherspoon’s comments, started his analysis with this one-liner: “Is he playing this week?”
Then it worsened, with Lofton challenging Weatherspoon’s NFL membership.
“That is a fan. That’s a fan,” Lofton said. “Unless you’re playing in a game, not on the field, what are you?
“He hasn’t played in the last two years (Actually, since 2013). I always feel like if you’re going to talk, at least back it up.”
Saints safety Rafael Bush, a former teammate and roommate of Weatherspoon’s, said he supports the idea of an injured player speaking out on behalf of his NFL franchise.
“If you have a passion for the game, you have a passion for the game,” Bush said while rolling back and forth on his knee scooter — he’s recovering from his own season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
“That was just how he felt at the moment. A lot of players feel that way, whether they’re playing or not.”
Coach Sean Payton said he liked how Falcons receiver Roddy White on Wednesday answered questions from New Orleans-based media in response to Lewis’ “funeral” comment after the Saints win at Chicago.
“I followed the sequence here earlier in the week, and I also followed the questions leading up to it,” Payton said. “This game has a lot of significance to it, but running back and forth to each locker room ... I thought Roddy’s answer was dead on.”
Weatherspoon wasn’t through.
“That last tweet was for you Aints fans that act like they have just kicked our a... since 2010!”
“Same Aints fans that was blowing up my TL before that day in April almost 5 yrs ago! Yall ought to be ashamed haha”
Too much respect?
Remembering the Saints’ 37-34 season-opening loss at Atlanta, strong safety Kenny Vaccaro said one of his defense’s mistakes was giving too much space — too much respect — to Falcons receivers.
“Me and (free safety Jarius) Byrd were way too deep,” Vaccaro said. “It was too prevent. ... They have elite guys, but we do too, talent-wise. So why back up?”
That allowed Matt Ryan to throw for a franchise-record 448 yards with three touchdowns.
Not this time, Vaccaro said.
Byrd, of course, is out for the season with a knee injury and Vaccaro lost his starting job before Monday’s win at Chicago; although he’s still a vital part of the secondary’s effort.
Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle), left tackle Terron Armstead (neck) and strong safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) missed Thursday’s practice. For Atlanta, wide receiver Julio Jones (hip) missed his second practice of the week as did guard Jon Asamoah (back). Receivers Roddy White (knee) and Harry Douglas (foot), as well as safety William Moore (foot), were limited.