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Sean Weatherspoon still not practicing

After taking the weekend off, the Atlanta Falcons were back to practice Monday. But rookie Sean Weatherspoon was not.

Weatherspoon has missed the past four games with a knee injury. But coach Mike Smith left the door open for Weatherspoon to return Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

“We anticipate that he’ll get an opportunity to practice before the end of the week and we’ll have to make a decision as we get closer to the weekend,’’ Smith said.

Stephen Nicholas, a starter last season, has been starting in Weatherspoon’s place. The Falcons believe Nicholas has done an adequate job as a fill-in, but there’s also a belief that a healthy Weatherspoon brings another level of speed to the defense.