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Smith says Abraham’s ankle not a major concern

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The Falcons didn’t get much use out of John Abraham yesterday, but Falcons coach Mike Smith indicated his only real pass-rusher’s injury wasn’t terribly serious.

Abraham only played 15 snaps yesterday after aggravating an ankle injury and leaving in the second quarter.

“We anticipate John will be back out practicing with us before the end of the week,” Smith said Monday, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

Abraham vowed to play this week, and Smith said Sunday that taking him out was “precautionary.”

Without him, they had to rely on Cliff Matthews and rookie Jonathan Massaquoi.

At least they have experience trying to chase down a mobile quarterback. While the Falcons were able to get by Russell Wilson, trying to contain 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the NFC Championship Game could be a more difficult challenge, and containing him to the pocket will be even more of a priority.

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12 Responses to “Smith says Abraham’s ankle not a major concern”
  1. ravensfan19 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    They need him, without him that Pass Rush was Non-Existent.

  2. JackAcid says: Jan 14, 2013 5:13 PM

    Falcons will need him. I’m not sure the Falcons can win this game if they are bullied on the line of scrimmage.

  3. kane337 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    Russell Wilson is much better than Kaepernick. I would expect improvement from the Falcons defense this week.

  4. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    Last time I check EVERY TEAM can use there starters. Thats an understatement. But again RG3,Cam Newton,Mike Vick, Drew Brees(slightly mobile) and Russell Wilson… Beat em ALL! Colin Kapp present no new obstacle at the QB position that the Falcons have not seen before. This Year. That band wagon too, will be empty soon.

    #dirtybirdnation

  5. sdboltaction says: Jan 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    Delusional Falcons fans. You know you all were saying “oh no, not again” after the Seagulls came all the way back and were looking to end your pathetic one and done yet again. Got lucky with the come back field goal… And you think you’re going to stop the 49ers?! Come on… hahahahaha

  6. jcf78 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:45 PM

    Wilson better than kaepernick???? What crack u smokin??

  7. beckzhere says: Jan 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    sdboltaction says:
    Jan 14, 2013 5:31 PM
    Delusional Falcons fans. You know you all were saying “oh no, not again” after the Seagulls came all the way back and were looking to end your pathetic one and done yet again. Got lucky with the come back field goal… And you think you’re going to stop the 49ers?! Come on… hahahahaha

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    And how is your team doing in the playoffs? That’s what I thought.

  8. grendelg says: Jan 14, 2013 10:58 PM

    Everyone jumping on the 49′ers bandwagon remembers they couldn’t beat the Rams with 2 chances, right?

    One game against a shaky Packers defense doesn’t make a season.

    The Falcons stopped Marshawn Lynch and they’ve faced plenty of other mobile quarterbacks this year and won.

  9. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 14, 2013 11:54 PM

    So you really want to use the Rams games(divisional opponent btw) against the 49ers but refuse to acknowledge road wins against GB, New Orleans, and New England? Yea good luck with that grendelg.

  10. seenoland54 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    Keep Abe out of practice, let the ankle rest. After a whole season he knows whee to be on Sunday. Let that ankle rest.

  11. magic688 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    The Falcons had the hawks where they
    wanted them the whole game. That IS our
    strategy. It will work on the 49ers just as
    well. Go birds!

  12. magic688 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    The Falcons had the hawks where they
    wanted them the whole game. That IS our
    strategy. It will work on the 49ers just as
    well. Go birds!

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