Atlanta Falcons: Robinson cleared from concussion protocol

Falcons defensive back Dunta Robinson (23) breaks up a touchdown pass by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10). Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Falcons defensive back Dunta Robinson (23) breaks up a touchdown pass by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10). Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Cornerback Dunta Robinson was cleared from the league’s concussion protocol program and returned to practice on Friday.

Robinson suffered a concussion after leading with his head while trying to tackle Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin last Sunday.

“It was very good to get Dunta back,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Dunta has been cleared to start practicing again. It’s good to have him back. It was a great turnaround from Sunday to Friday.”

The Falcons had advised Robinson to stop leading with his helmet. He suffered a concussion on a similar hit back during the 2010 season.

“We address it all the time, not just with Dunta, but there is a certain strike zone that you try to hit when you’re tackling,” Smith said. “You really want to keep the head out of it.”
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Post-It

January 4th, 2013
1:33 pm

Great news, though I’m not really surprised at the quick return. You could tell from looking at Dunta on the sidelines that it was a minor concussion if any. He didn’t look dazed and confused like so many after a big hit. Now Abe’s injury on the other hand…

Falcon James

January 4th, 2013
1:50 pm

Need to get Abe and Moore healed up. Ready for 3 more Falcon games!

True Falcon Fan

January 4th, 2013
1:59 pm

Our “DEFENSE” is criticle next game & those next two following!!! However let’s focus on the next game, may it be the best team: SeaHawks, Redskins or Vikings —- whoever bring it.

Go Falcons

warfalcon

January 4th, 2013
1:59 pm

PACKER AND VIKINS BEAT UP ON EACH OTHER,SEAHAWKS AND REDSKINS YOU ALL CAN DO THE SAME AND ONE OF YOU WILL LIMP INTO THE GA.DOME A FINAL BEAT DOWN.—————————– NO MORE BAD GAMES,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jay

January 4th, 2013
2:28 pm

Great news on Dunta. I’ve looked at what happened to Abe 15 or so times and he ain’t playing next week. You can book that. If WillyMo didn’t make on the field today I’m going to go ahead and say he’s out too. I’m not sure what happened to the dude, but a pull shouldn’t take this long to heal in my opinion and this all occurred comeing out of a bye week.

Esquire

January 4th, 2013
2:54 pm

Not unexpected, good to have him at practice.

WillyMo should be ready soon, if that ham took any more pampering we’d have to put an apple in his mouth.

PlanB

January 4th, 2013
3:27 pm

I don’t like coaches trying to withhold information on injuries. I think the fans deserve to know sooner who’s in & who’s out and for how long it is expected to be before they will return.

4dabird

January 4th, 2013
3:42 pm

Quote: PlanB

I don’t like coaches trying to withhold information on injuries. I think the fans deserve to know sooner who’s in & who’s out and for how long it is expected to be before they will return.

Why Do you need to know? What would you do with the information? The game is still over a week away and it’s obvious that the team does not know if Abe will play yet. If he is seriously injured and unable to play, then we’d probably know already.

Super Bowl Shuffle

January 4th, 2013
3:43 pm

Good one Esquire! LOL!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 4th, 2013
4:04 pm

Im worried about abes but i wont rule him out till hes ruled out, honestly you cant tell how bad an injury is unless your his personal doctor or your him lol. My guess is even if hes gonna play, he wont be on the field till the day of the game. As for willy mo, i hope hes on the field this coming week but if hes not ill wait till hes ruled out to make anything of it.

Esquire

January 4th, 2013
4:12 pm

Thank you Super Bowl Shuffle!!

Note to:
PlanB
January 4th, 2013
3:27 pm

The NFL has rules and guidelines about providing information on injuries and player status. Smith just follows them.

Note to:
4dabird
January 4th, 2013
3:42 pm

“If he is seriously injured and unable to play, then we’d probably know already.”

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I wouldn’t bet on it.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 4th, 2013
4:15 pm

I gotta agree with 4dabird on this one. Witholding information on injuries is a tactic to confuse other teams on wether they should be preparing for one guy or another.

TechNut

January 4th, 2013
4:47 pm

Good to have him back; his coverage has gotten better and he hits like a safety, which is cool!

jay

January 4th, 2013
5:31 pm

You don’t need to be a man’s personal doctor when his injury is on film for everyone to see. When a big grown man goes backwards on his ankle and knee with another man falling on him you can expect the injury to be pretty bad. If Abe plays he’ll be in a huge brace like RG3. My thoughts are we will be lucky to have him by our second playoff game maybe the super bowl, if we make it that far. The super bowl will be 5 weeks out from the injury.

okeetee!

January 4th, 2013
5:39 pm

Look, everybody in town knows it’s a high ankle sprain! 4-6 weeks and your still not 100%! We need to plan our defense without him, plain and simple. That’s why all smart Falcon fans and coaches know winning a shootout is our best bet! Throw the ball until Ryans arm falls off! Our pass protection has been good all year with the exception of the home games against Carolina and last weeks debacle against Tampa that cost us Abraham in the first place! Certainly our secondary would be better if they got a decent pass rush. However, even without one, it’s still one of our strong suits.

Samuel

January 4th, 2013
8:01 pm

This guy Robinson is very physical and I’m glad he’ll be able to play. But I hope down the line when he’s not playing football and a lot older, he has no risidual affects from those concussions he’s had.

just sayin'

January 5th, 2013
10:20 am

dLed…finally…u r correct in stating robinson leads with his head…and he targets the heads of those he tries to tackle..coach ‘clean shot’ says that’s ok, though…

Gamer

January 5th, 2013
12:05 pm

Glad to hear Dunta is doing well……Dunta, I pray that you have total recovery from the concussion..The Falcons need your ‘A’ game throughout the postseason…

This postseason is full of championship caliber teams……I anticipate warrior type games from any opponent of the Falcons……Falcons need to be locked into each moment of the game, every down of the game and every detail of the game…..No time to play a Down laxed…..Every play has SuperBowl implications..

Falcons on three, DOMINATE!!!!!

inkspot

January 5th, 2013
2:25 pm

We need Robinson out there in the playoffs. He doesn’t make many INTs but his physical style of play sets a tone and strikes fear in opposing WRs.

Rick in Warner Robins

January 5th, 2013
7:20 pm

Sad to hear this…he’s the worst defensive back the Falcons have. He can’t cover anyone and is continually beat time and time again in every game. He’s also afraid to wrap someone up and tackle them. If the Falcons lose in their playoff game, look for him to be the reason. He’s a liability to this team.

okeetee

January 5th, 2013
10:31 pm

“This postseason is full of championship caliber teams”

….here’s another guy that’s blind as a bat! What I see in these postseason teams is a bunch of FLAWED squads that have MAJOR weaknesses all over the place! They can all be had or exploited with the right game plan and execution! That includes us, unfortunately!

I usually just read but...

January 7th, 2013
7:56 am

PlanB, you can obtain all injury status on Falcons from “Dr” jay. He will watch the play an injury occurs on over and over on his DVR and diagnose the injury from his sofa.
geezzzzz!