FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons might have their top defender to help contain
Carolina rookie sensation Cam Newton on Sunday.
All-Pro defensive end John Abraham (groin) returned to practice on Friday and was given a 50-50 chance of playing by the team. He was limited in practice and listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. He did not play last week against Green Bay with the injury that was initially diagnosed as a hip injury. He’s tied with defensive end Lawrence Sidbury for the team lead in sacks with two.
Also, the offensive line could be at full strength. Center Todd McClure (knee) and guard Garrett Reynolds (ankle) returned to practice and were both listed as questionable.
Wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) and cornerback Christopher Owens (concussion) will not play against he Panthers. Safety James Sanders (hamstring) did not practice, but was listed as questionable.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee), tight end Tony Gonzalez (elbow), defensive end Cliff Matthews (knee), safety William Moore (neck) and wide receiver Roddy White (knee) all fully participated in practice and were listed as probable.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog