FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive end John Abraham (groin), wide receiver Roddy White (knee), running back Antone Smith (hamstring) and safety Shann Schillinger (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.
Coach Mike Smith said Abraham and White were given “maintenance” days and both are expected to return to practice on Thursday. Abraham, who leads the team in sacks with eight, did not play last week against the Rams.
“We are probably going to continue to rest some of these guys as we go through the rest of the season,” Smith said. “Some of the older guys, we’ll start trying to take some snaps off of them as we (move) into the last quarter of the season.”
Schillinger, a key special teams player, suffered a concussion against the Rams and is in the league’s concussion protocol.
Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee), defensive tackle Corey Peters (ribs) and wide receiver/returner Eric Weems (pectoral muscle) were limited in practice.