Atlanta Falcons: Smith calls Abraham injury ‘minor’

Falcons coach Mike Smith said that John Abraham’s left ankle injury, suffered in the fourth quarter of the 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay, is minor.

“The early reports are that it’s minor,” Smith said. “We’re not overly concerned. We’ll definitely have an evaluation (Monday). We don’t know a whole lot more. I did check with the trainer just prior to coming in here.”

Also, cornerback Dunta Robinson left the game in the first quarter with a head injury.

“Dunta, I think, will be fine,” Smith said. “We have two weeks. I don’t know exactly if they’re calling it a concussion. He did not return to the game. I’ll have an update on that (Monday) at the press conference.”
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SawThat1nce

December 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

SawThat1nce

December 30th, 2012
6:06 pm

Meaningless game.

SawThat1nce

December 30th, 2012
6:09 pm

Meanwhile, the Taints finish the season tied for last place in the NFCSouth. HaHa.
Wonder where all of their trash-talking, cowardly fans are at?

40yrfalcon

December 30th, 2012
6:15 pm

Remembering the one and done a few years ago at 13-3, defense I’m proud of, seriously hoping that Matt starts utilizing Harry Douglas, J. Snelling, Drew Davis, along with Michael Palmer, defenses are figuring out the big “3″. Got to score at least 28+\- if you face GB or Seattle. Losing this game to TB does not send a good message to our enemies.

SCFalcon

December 30th, 2012
6:23 pm

Maybe this loss sends the perfect message to the team we may play. Hapless Falcons are nothing to worry about about ;-)

Maybe this is a wake up call for the Falcons and makes them reliaze they have to prepare and work hard to earn a win.

Who knows…..but it doesn’t do any good for the fans to get down on the team. Stay on the bandwagon folks. Jumping on and off make one look foolish.

SCFalcon

December 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

The Smith’s could still own the team!

Bloated Squirrel Cervix

December 30th, 2012
6:25 pm

I hope Robinson and Abraham are good to go for our first playoff game.

FanSinceBartkowski

December 30th, 2012
6:34 pm

Three weeks ago the Birds learned that you can’t just show up and expect a win. Now they know playing at home doesn’t guarantee a win. The three teams we lost to are all 7-9. There won’t be any teams with those records in the playoffs. So as disappointing as it is to see another hapless performance, I’m hoping it will be a motivator for the post-season.

kd

December 30th, 2012
6:42 pm

Motivation, I like that smith didn’t call a time out at the end of the first half. He was making a point, I hope the falcons got that point. Don’t try to wait till the last second to do something you could’ve been doing the whole Damm time.

DJANGO

December 30th, 2012
6:59 pm

The “D” is still silent, but a lot louder than the Falcons 1st round repeat.

Geoff Cobb

December 30th, 2012
7:03 pm

Very poor decision to play Abe, Dunta and Asante. There was nothing on the line. Should have given backups playing time.
I fear Seattle coming into the dome if today’s defense was any indication of what they will do in the playoffs.

kevkat

December 30th, 2012
7:06 pm

I think if you are going to play your starters, they have to buy into going all out to win in an effort to try to avoid injuries. The minute I noticed they were playing timid (which happened to be the first quarter), I would have pulled all starters after the first quarter. You can’t play not to get hurt, it just adds to the chances you will be.

wondering

December 30th, 2012
7:09 pm

Only skill i saw out of anyone today was that ball spin Douglass did after the touchdown. Best i,ve seen!!

mediocrity continues...

December 30th, 2012
7:11 pm

DLED, did you or any of your peers ask Smith why in the H3LL starters were still in the game in the 4th quarter of a MEANINGLESS game that they were obviously not “over concerned” with winning?

If not, It’s a question that needs to be asked…

okeetee

December 30th, 2012
7:13 pm

….well, our worse nightmare has occurred. I don’t think Smith and the players were on the same page today! Smith wanted to win….the players said “what for?” 2 maybe 3 starters got hurt and who knows if they will be 100% in 2 weeks? The only thing we’ve got going for us fortunately is a rookie quarterback will be coming into our dome for his first playoff game and from what I’ve seen today, ALL these playoff teams are FLAWED! Let’s just hope they are more flawed than we are!!!

Not Sold on falcons

December 30th, 2012
7:14 pm

the falcons play to soft on defense and have a terrible offensive line when it comes to run blocking and pass protection. Don’t look for falcons to go very far in the playoffs. too much still needed on both sides of the ball.

DJANGO

December 30th, 2012
7:15 pm

Just in case nobody knows this, but players get paid to play 16 games not 15.

okeetee

December 30th, 2012
7:18 pm

…by the way, Wilson, the rookie quarterback for Seattle has been sacked SIX times already against St. Louis! We should be able to get to him at least twice, don’t ya think???

mediocrity continues...

December 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

Django really? So the players play for free in the PRE and POST season? Have you ever played a down of football in your life?

DeepDiver

December 30th, 2012
7:24 pm

Way to go Mike! Great coaching out there today!!!!!!! Had the Super Bowl right in front of us, but couldn’t come up with enough plays there. I guess there’s always next year!!

***checks schedule***

You mean we can still get to the Super Bowl even though we LOST today??!!!!!!!!!!

SavDawg

December 30th, 2012
7:24 pm

Same ole Sh*t. OL unable to hold up their end. And where is Harry Douglas the rest of the game ? with RW and JJ he should be open most of the time not to menition double coverage on Gozz. Run stop Who?? TB made almost all their 3rd and longs!! We made almost none. We will be one and done again!!!! Dam*

Not Sold on falcons

December 30th, 2012
7:25 pm

D backs did a terrible job once again rapping up when trying to tackle. I would rather see bench players play than these over paid poor excuse tacklers. If you don’t want to play hard on every play then stay seated on the bench. And by the way the linebackers played terrible as well and still need help at that postion.

One and Done Dirty Birds

December 30th, 2012
7:29 pm

The Falcons will go One and Done Baby!!!!!

Not Sold on falcons

December 30th, 2012
7:36 pm

The falcons offensive play calling is getting very predictable.

thouhtful

December 30th, 2012
7:48 pm

This was a terrible decision I don’t care how they try and spin this. Smith got too cute it was soooooo much to lose and little to gain. WHY?

Frank

December 30th, 2012
7:50 pm

not in a million years would I’ve played the most important players to our postseason hopes after halftime.

all everybody talks about is Falcons postseason failures. our postseason play is the most important part of our legacy. to risk any possible injury in a game that cannot matter is rolling the dice with nothing much to gain. especially since POSTSEASON is all anybody talks about when discussing Atlanta Falcons’ records.

it is possible, altho I hope not, that Abraham and/or Robinson will not be 100% because of painful injury in 2 weeks. If Falcons lose, was this TB game worth it ..risking them all game long? Whether it was smart or stupid will answer itself then.

rlnjtn

December 30th, 2012
7:53 pm

If today’s game is a sign of wht to expect in the first round of the playoffs, then all I can say is here we go again. Where was the protection for Ryan. That poor guy was getting beat up out there.

okeetee

December 30th, 2012
7:57 pm

Trying to find the post game interview with Smith on the internet and can’t find it? Is he hiding out in the bathroom or something!

Fedup Falcon

December 30th, 2012
8:00 pm

Konz has been getting run over alot the last few games.

Tojo

December 30th, 2012
8:01 pm

That was the closest Peria Jerry has come in his entire career to having a big impact…his fat a** nearly broke Abe’s leg.

vesaversa

December 30th, 2012
8:05 pm

I support the Falcons players 100% just not this stupid High school head coach Mike Smith . So i hope after the Falcons lose in the playoffs again the owners will hire a new head coach . Because smith conservative mentality and indecisiveness in games is holding this back .

Philip

December 30th, 2012
8:08 pm

Guess Matt want to be at the pro bowl. He sure trying to accomplish that then finishing the season strong. Turner is a joke he is so out of shape. He was crying like a baby since they told him in the beginning of the season his touches would be reduced. Thanks lazy turner!!!

violet123

December 30th, 2012
8:10 pm

Falcons, I know in my heart that you are the true champions. Don’t stop believing. Go Falcons!!! You are still the best team ever.

violet123

December 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

The Falcons minds were not in the game today. They are preparing for the playoffs which is more important than this stupid game.

glen garofalo

December 30th, 2012
8:20 pm

very poor plays mgmta very lucky to make playoffs.

glen garofalo

December 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

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DJANGO

December 30th, 2012
8:28 pm

Even a scratched record gets taken out of it’s misery eventually, but this scratched record is going 5 years strong.

StuDawg

December 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

Duante is a liability. I hope he recovers, but loses the starting job. I dont understand how he has a job.

glen garofalo

December 30th, 2012
8:32 pm

this team must change there play calling. its the same every game,all the worst teams in the n.f.l. play falcons tough. must go to play on another level to win a playoff game. go falcons, be part of history or be laugh at that you cant win the big ones.

take it from me.

December 30th, 2012
8:37 pm

I know the Falcons are 13-3,but its a new season now!13-3 means nothing,todays game means nothing.The game 2 wks from now means everything!

Philip

December 30th, 2012
8:55 pm

Looks like the Packers will be back in Atlanta. Blowout and one and done!!! Great job Atlanta for letting the fans down again.. Rise down should be the slogan… Hopeless in Atlanta. A fan that is upset with his team.

ewhsh

December 30th, 2012
9:43 pm

I am ready for my annual Falcon’s playoff heartbreak. :)

terrell

December 30th, 2012
9:46 pm

TD is awful at drafting olineman.
Baker/Johnson/Hawley/Reynolds/Konz/Holmes(TBD)etc………
Just a bunch of scrubs

terrell

December 30th, 2012
9:50 pm

I really miss Grimes. Robinson too slow to play on the outside.

gl

December 30th, 2012
10:16 pm

The offensive line must get better for the playoffs. Terrell makes a point although we have not seen Holmes play.

me

December 30th, 2012
10:17 pm

If the offensive line plays well the Falcons will go deep in the playoffs. If Ryan is pressured, the AJC will need more web servers to handle the hate…

me

December 30th, 2012
10:18 pm

terrell

December 30th, 2012
9:46 pm

TD is awful at drafting olineman.
Baker/Johnson/Hawley/Reynolds/Konz/Holmes(TBD)etc………
Just a bunch of scrubs

Scrubs go 13-3. They just need to play well and the Falcons will keep playing for several weeks.

Priceless

December 30th, 2012
10:29 pm

Why do the OL run backwards on the snap and not engage at the line? Why do our corners play 7 yards off the receivers? I hope the hartsfield D comes back in the playoffs. Missing in action since the Denver game. But I’d much rather be one and done than none and done. Congrats to a good regular season.

keeping it real

December 30th, 2012
10:41 pm

Phillip: Can’t play the Packers as they are the #3 seed. We play 4/5/6 lowest seed remaining after next week. I think this game was similar to the Carolina game and expect and effort similar to the Giants game in 2 weeks. My main concern is Abe who I think is seriously injured. CMS is not leveling with us about the extent of the injury. He should be a politician or a lawyer.