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John Abraham “retweaked” his ankle

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The Falcons got that elusive playoff win on Sunday, but it didn’t come easy and it didn’t come without a possible price in terms of health for the NFC Championship Game.

Defensive end John Abraham left early in the game and did not return because, per coach Mike Smith, he “retweaked” the left ankle that he sprained in Week 17 against Tampa. Smith said, via John Manasso of FOXSportsSouth.com, that Abraham was held out of the game for “precautionary” reasons.

That might have been the case when the Falcons were up by 20 points in the second and third quarters, but it’s difficult to think the Falcons wouldn’t have used Abraham if he was well enough to play in the fourth quarter. Coming into the game, Abraham was being described as being “80 percent” so it seems more likely that any tweak knocked him below the point where he was able to help the team.

The question now shifts to whether or not he’ll be well enough to play against the 49ers in next week’s NFC title tilt. It’s going to take all hands on deck to stop the Colin Kaepernick we saw on Saturday night if he shows up again in Atlanta.

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6 Responses to “John Abraham “retweaked” his ankle”
  1. hartcarluncarlun says: Jan 13, 2013 6:37 PM

    Falcons def have a chance in this game. Too much off for the niner’s to shut down.

  2. grendelg says: Jan 13, 2013 6:42 PM

    By the 4th quarter he’d probably gotten cooled down and his ankle had probably stiffened up. You can’t just sit for an hour then run back onto the field if you’re injured.

  3. beckzhere says: Jan 13, 2013 6:44 PM

    Bring it on!

  4. fakefranknunley says: Jan 13, 2013 6:51 PM

    Has John Abraham EVER completed a big game?

  5. steviaquinn says: Jan 13, 2013 7:27 PM

    Beast mode> Gore and kapernick

    2.9 yards a carry – have fun next week frisco

    The Falcons dominated

  6. ganggreen27 says: Jan 13, 2013 11:10 PM

    All these years later and he’s still a gutless sob with no heart…that’ s the one thing you can’t coach

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