One of the major reasons the Atlanta Falcons suffered through a 4-12 season last year was because of injuries to major players on both the offense and defense. While the passing game suffered to offensive line issues and injuries and the loss of both Julio Jones and Roddy White at various times during the season, the defense had its share of aches and pains as well.

After missing 12 games in the past two seasons, Sean Weatherspoon got word on Tuesday that his 2104 campaign is over long before it ever really started.

According to team officials, Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a run with team physicians.

“During Sean’s run today with our medical staff, he suffered an injury,” head coach Mike Smith said in a statement on

“We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

Obviously, this was not the kind of news the team was hoping for, looking to make 2014 a new start and to prove the team that was one year removed from the NFC Title Game, still had some fight in it and was ready to pick up where 2012 left off.

Injuries have been part of Weatherspoon’s repertoire since coming into the league in 2010.

Weatherspoon spent most of the 2013 offseason recovering from knee surgery, but returned in time for training camp. In August, he suffered a badly dislocated finger on his left hand that cost him some practice time.

The former first-round pick played in the 2013 season opener, but later suffered a foot injury that cost him nine games last season. Weatherspoon also missed three games in 2012 due to a foot injury.

In four years with the Falcons, Weatherspoon has only made it through an entire season once and that came in 2011.