Atlanta Falcons injury report: Smith expects Abraham, Robinson to be ready for playoff game

Nov. 13, 2011 - Atlanta: ---WINNING KICK --- Dejected Atlanta Falcons Jonathan Babineaux, left, and John Abraham, right, walk of the field after the winning field goal kick by New Orleans Saints John Kasay for a 26-23 Saints victory in overtime at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.   Curtis Compton

Nov. 13, 2011 - Atlanta: ---WINNING KICK --- Dejected Atlanta Falcons Jonathan Babineaux, left, and John Abraham, right, walk of the field after the winning field goal kick by New Orleans Saints John Kasay for a 26-23 Saints victory in overtime at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. Curtis Compton

Falcons coach Mike Smith said that defensive end John Abraham, who suffered an ankle sprain against Tampa Bay, and cornerback Dunta Robinson, who’s in the league’s concussion protocol, would be available for the team’s playoff game on Monday.

“I can tell you this, on both of the players that left the game yesterday, I fully anticipate that they will be ready to go on Sunday, Jan. 13th at 1 (p.m.),” Smith said on Monday.

Robinson, who stumbled backwards after hitting Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, will need to be cleared by a independent doctor under league rules.

“He is in the concussion protocol,” Smith said. “He is moving through it at a very good pace.”

Smith also hopes that safety William Moore (hamstring) can return to practice this week. He missed the last four games of the season and was replaced in the starting lineup by Chris Hope.

“We hope to get William on the field in terms or our preparation for the game,” Smith said. “He will be on the field working with our athletic performance team the first day and we’ll see how it’s going. He’s progressed quite a bit over these last two weeks and we anticipate seeing him out there with us.”

Smith was not asked about cornerback Christopher Owens, who’s also battling through a hamstring injury.


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December 31st, 2012
7:02 pm


December 31st, 2012
7:07 pm

Falcons are fine with the injury! Everybody panicked but Smitty tried to change up things because what he did in the past hasn’t work! Players having 3 weeks off is no good when going into the playoffs…especially when Players Association doesn’t allow all the full pads practices. Team in the past could use to get back ready after a long layoff! Rise UP 12th Falcon! We need to have that Dome LOUD on January 13, 2012!

Eric C.

December 31st, 2012
7:22 pm

“I fully anticipate that they will be ready to go on Sunday, Jan. 13th at 1 O’clock,” Smith said on Monday.”

Reading between the lines, Smith is saying they will need every minute until that time to get ready. It’s going to be close.


December 31st, 2012
7:31 pm

A Favorite

December 31st, 2012
7:39 pm

Love the job Coach Smith is doing with the Falcons. Sorry he has to hide behind his BIG mistake of playing his starters in a Big nothing game on yesterday. Would have loved to see some of the back ups getting experience and playing time. We have a back up QB that could have really used the time. The day of the stand in the pocket passer is coming to a close.

A Favorite

December 31st, 2012
8:06 pm

QB Dom Davis is the real deal. Don’t get me wrong as I am a Matty Ice fan but yesterday would have been a great opportunity to give Davis playing time. Bet we would not have experienced as many 3rd and longs with the scramble & run ability. Plus I love the way he throws the ball (sweet)

Not exactly

December 31st, 2012
8:12 pm

I would have to disagree with A Favorite’s comment about pocket passer days coming to an end. I would agree that the media’s fascination with mobile QBs is rising but I don’t believe the days of pocket passers will come to an end. There are too many elite QBs who are “pocket passers”. There is a danger with running QBs health wise that they are told to be more patient in the pocket. More pocket passers have won the superbowl than mobile ones. Unless a big shift in mobile QBs winning superbowls happen, I strongly doubt pocket passers will ever die out.


December 31st, 2012
8:55 pm

He never did say what the problem actually was with Abraham! Rumor has it he’s got a high ankle sprain! That being the case….he’s OUT for the first playoff game! You don’t come back full strength in two weeks from a high ankle sprain…especially with all the weight he’s carrying!


December 31st, 2012
9:17 pm

ABE will not play thanks Smitty for playing games with the fans. After watching him limp off and get carted off. I am also getting fed up with same answers on Moore. Just tell us when he will practice don’t care about the performance dept…..


December 31st, 2012
9:21 pm

Ray Edwards must be laughing at the situation right now. Not to say he was productive. He is enjoying this… Can’t understand why we can’t get book ends pass rushers. We havent had them since Patrick Kearny was there. don’t get it. Why did we passed on Julius Peppers years ago…


December 31st, 2012
10:08 pm

First Again!?!


December 31st, 2012
10:24 pm

Philip who was the other end opposite Kearny? Was he a true book end?


December 31st, 2012
10:48 pm

SCFalcon I am disappointed we never had a opposite pass rusher we always drop the ball when it’s the draft or FA. If we had a front four that could put preesure do that I would feel comfortable. Kerny was better that what we had over the years lol!! We draft players on D side that don’t make a impact on the team.


December 31st, 2012
10:58 pm

I think it was Brady Hall who was on the other side of Kearney


December 31st, 2012
11:04 pm

i meant travis hall


December 31st, 2012
11:06 pm

Lol there are better that what we have lol!!!


December 31st, 2012
11:08 pm

Smith is lying I would be really shocked if Abe played.. He will not practice and I am sick of smith press conferences it annoys the things he say lol!


December 31st, 2012
11:20 pm

I guess you armchair coaches know more than Coach Smith and the falcons team of doctors know. You fair weather fans need to find a new team to cheer for and let the true falcon fans enjoy the run that we have been on since Coach Smith and Mr. Dimitroff came to Atlanta.


December 31st, 2012
11:43 pm

Been a falcon fan for 30 years Dickie!! Opps my bad Sickie!!! Lol


January 1st, 2013
7:48 am

Yes Abe will be less than 100%. The backups should have been playing. Smitty screwed the pooch this time.


January 1st, 2013
7:55 am

Mike Smith understands that this game is crucial and that most coaches get a five year window to win a Superbowl. So if he’s doing things differently, I do understand. If Abe and Dunta can’t go people will second guess his dicision making. In terms of not resting his starters. All in all Matt Ryan holds the keys to the Falcons success. He’ll be put in a catagory after this game and moving forward. It’s essential that he shows up on the winning side of history.

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January 1st, 2013
10:14 am

Mike smith is a regular season coach. Dumb asss move playin staters for the whole game. What dud we gain mike regular season smith?


January 1st, 2013
10:16 am

And by the way, there is no such thing as a “regular season run”. Lol. Thats funny


January 1st, 2013
10:46 am



January 1st, 2013
11:01 am

This is just part of the process boys…….Part of the process.


January 1st, 2013
11:08 am

Not a regular season run you idiots a winning run, I guess you have forgotten the 4 and 12 years of the past. Oh yeah and Phil have you been second guessing the coaches for 30 years?

Eric C.

January 1st, 2013
11:43 am

Interesting comments the other day from Deion Sanders concerning player incentives and how Smith may have kept starters in to allow them to reach key goals. That would be about right…every man for himself.

Eric C.

January 1st, 2013
11:46 am

Sickie, where have you been…Smith is always pulling the wool over our eyes regarding injuries.


January 1st, 2013
3:02 pm

Just me thinking out loud here but I think Coach Smith is probably trying o pull the wool over other teams in teh NFL’s eyes. I am pretty sure that he doesn’t give a rat’s butt whether fans know whether an injury is serious or not which is is perogitive.

NFC South Champs

January 1st, 2013
5:18 pm

13-3 Smitty knows what he’s doing.


January 1st, 2013
6:52 pm

“13-3 Smitty knows what he’s doing.”

….yeah, like a couple of years ago when Rodgers came to town and slapped knots on our heads faster than we could rub them! Almost 50 points in OUR house! You can spin this anyway you like. It was a bonehead decision to play ANY of our key starters and certainly beyond belief that he would play them into the second half in a game with no meaning whatsoever to our playoff position. If whomever comes in here next week throws for 3 or 4 touchdowns and 400 yards because we couldn’t put any pressure on there quarterback…….Smith is going to have a lot to answer for! It was his decision to play those guys and one of them, Abraham, is a key component to our already average defense! We’d better be prepared to score about 40 points against whomever we play, because our only hope seems to win a shootout this year!


January 1st, 2013
7:09 pm

For all you fellow Falcons fans who are going to be at the GA Dome for the divisional round…BE LOUD!!!!! we will win if the dome is rocking. do whatever it takes to make as much noise as possible!!!! We need to do our part as fans! I can’t stress the importance of making noise at the Dome.

Help spread the word! #RiseUp #It’sTime


January 1st, 2013
7:28 pm

Yes, not getting Julius Peppers in FA and drafting Peria Jerry instead of Clay Mathews may have cost us a super bowl or two.


January 1st, 2013
7:44 pm

we will see if he’s fos in 13 days.


January 1st, 2013
8:21 pm

What happened to Lawrence Sidbury?
This guy was supposed to be promising; set to back up Abe #55 after we released Edwards earlier in the season.
No disrespect to Cliff Matthews but he seems to be more of a run stopper not a pass rusher.
We need a pass rusher in the playoffs and going forward, D-Led can you check on Mr. Sidbury’s status with the club?


January 1st, 2013
9:24 pm

Sidbury seem to have promise rushing the passer.What Happen to HIM????


January 2nd, 2013
1:00 am

I still believe in Mike Smith. Bill Bellichick has used the same strategy of playing starters in the last week of the season, even if it didn’t matter. If nothing else, Biermann will have to pick up the slack. We’re still the #1 seed, we still have Domefield advantage, and we are still the Atlanta Falcons. I’ll still be at the game to watch Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, and Tony G get their 1st playoff win. In the words of Samuel L. “Mothafahkin” Jackson, “RISE UP ATLANTA!!!!!”


January 2nd, 2013
3:30 am

Smith knew the risks involved when he played his starters. He gambled and he, like Abraham, like Robinson, like all of us fans here, lost. The only question is will the team also lose next Sunday?

Its time for results and productive postseason play. I’ve been attending Falcons games since 1985 and I can’t help but feel a certain sense of dread reading Smith’s words. His is the face of a man who stepped in a pile of dog poop and then walked across your white Persian rug.

I heard from a birdie who happens to be a neighbor of Abraham’s that he’s been seen walking on crutches, and having quite a hard time doing so. Which is alarming in and of itself.

Its gonna take a miracle to get the suddenly-crippled Abraham out on that field next week. Anybody got Benny Hinn’s number?


January 2nd, 2013
5:22 am

He’s got a high ankle sprain. He’s OUT!

Polk County Falcon

January 2nd, 2013
6:10 am

The good word is that no one on the offense was injured. If we jump out to a 14 — 17 point lead early then it won’t matter that much if we’re playing backups for Abe and Dunta. Let WillieMo rest and get well even if he’s not ready for this game, we’ve got more to come.

I usually just read but...

January 2nd, 2013
8:22 am

“Sickie, where have you been…Smith is always pulling the wool over our eyes regarding injuries.”
That’s right! The fans, the media, the NFL rules and especially other teams. I’ve watched CMS work injury reports and the IR to the teams advantage since he’s been here. If he is too blatant with his tricks he gets into trouble with the league. As he has on occasion. I will wait and see how these “injuries” play out before I believe what I’ve seen. May be some slight of hand going on here.

Whopper Dawg

January 2nd, 2013
8:40 am

Complete coach speak. Doesn’t mean a thing. He also fully expected to win last Sunday. What is wrong wtih Abraham, low ankle, high ankle, he knows by now.


January 2nd, 2013
10:20 am

Yep, high ankle sprain. You could see where he grabbed it during the replay. Abe is out.

D man

January 2nd, 2013
10:28 am

Smith is the winningest coach we have ever had in a 5 year stretch. I believe whatever he says. Go Falcons!!!


January 2nd, 2013
10:37 am

You guys that think this coaching staff is trying to pull something, need to contact that TV show Conspiracy Theory. Get Jesse Ventura out to Flowery Branch to find out what’s really going on. You may even get on TV, he has a way of making kooks think he’s taking them seriously.

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January 2nd, 2013
12:46 pm

Next man up. They played,they got injured. If the injury keeps them out the final games oh well, next man up.


January 2nd, 2013
12:51 pm

I went to TB game and yes the fans will have to be loud and we must stop the run and get a pass rush if we expect to win. Also I would like Roddy and Julio to step their dam game up we need them both to make the catches. TG always shows up. NO 1 falcon fan

Falcon Fan

January 2nd, 2013
1:00 pm

what I also saw is that players take snaps off and dont geive 100 percent every play. we need 100 percent every play