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 email@example.com
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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