Sean Weatherspoon back visiting Falcons with hopes to revive career

Although Sean Weatherspoon got a chance to play in the NFC Championship game with the Arizona Cardinals, one could tell a part of him missed playing in Atlanta.

The linebacker and former first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons didn't rule out a return when he signed just a one-year deal with the Cardinals. Well, Weatherspoon is back in town Thursday taking a physical with hopes of suiting up for the Falcons once again.

"I would love to come back and revive the feeling we had at the [Georgia] Dome, and revive my career," Weatherspoon told ESPN.com.

The veteran is scheduled to have dinner with head coach Dan Quinn along with defensive coordinator Richard Smith and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich, among others. Weatherspoon talked to both Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff before arriving in town. Of course, it was Dimitroff who drafted Weatherspoon in the first place.

But the sides parted ways prior to last season as they could not agree on a contract. The Falcons were hesitant due to Weatherspoon's injury history, which included missing the entire 2013 season with an Achilles tear. He played in all 16 games just once in four seasons with the Falcons.

However, the Falcons are desperate at inside linebacker right now with only one player -- middle linebacker Paul Worrilow -- set to be under contract once he signs his one-year, $2.553 million restricted free-agent tender. The Falcons pursued Danny Trevathan of the Denver Broncos, but he signed with the Chicago Bears. They expressed interest in Jerrell Freeman from the Indianapolis Colts but have yet to sign him. Veteran James Laurinatis was brought in for a visit but did not immediately sign.

In other words, there is a good chance Weatherspoon could return, provided he checks out healthy. Last year with the Cardinals, he suffered a hamstring injury early on and played a reserve role. The 28-year-old played in 14 games with no starts, finishing the season with 11 total tackles in 121 snaps played.

Weatherspoon developed a reputation as a vocal leader before leaving Atlanta. The way Quinn sounded last season, it seemed like he never wanted Weatherspoon to leave in the first place.

"I know he's got that kind of attitude," Quinn said last February. "And you know me, just from watching our style of defense, it's fast and physical. And that's what Sean is. So, we're certainly hoping that he can be a big part of it moving forward."

Maybe Weatherspoon will be a part of it soon.