Atlanta Falcons: John Abraham to return to practice on Wednesday

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons defensive end John Abraham, who suffered a sprained left ankle against Tampa Bay in the regular season finale, will practice on Wednesday, head coach Mike Smith said on Monday.

“John Abraham will be participating in practice on Wednesday,” Smith said. “We will have almost the full boat, but we won’t have everybody there.”

Abraham suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay. He reached down for his ankle after defensive tackle Peria Jerry fell on top of him.

Abraham leads the Falcons with 10 sacks.

The defense should also receive a boost from safety William Moore, who returned to practice on Saturday. He missed the final four games of the regular season.

“Our intention, once the doctor’s determined the time frame of what we really needed to do to get William back 100 percent, to get him back out there on the field and get him some work as quickly as possible,” Smith said. “He progressed well enough for us to get him out there last week.”

Cornerback Christopher Owens, who has a hamstring injury, is not expected to practice.

“As a coach, you want everybody out there for every practice, but you have to rely on the doctors and the trainers in terms of when they are going to be released to go out on the field,” Smith said.


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January 7th, 2013
3:05 pm


January 7th, 2013
3:15 pm

The Predator returns!!!!


January 7th, 2013
3:32 pm

ABE is the real Beast! John Abraham is a difference-maker, we need him to be in his own beast mode on Sunday. The whole Falcons team is gonna need to take it to another level.


January 7th, 2013
3:40 pm

Dodged a bullet with this one. Cannot underestimate getting Moore back either- he is a difference maker

Polk County Falcon

January 7th, 2013
3:50 pm

This is great news. Abe makes things happen and with Beirman to back him up we’ll be solid. Also great to have Moore back. Owens has made nice improvements hopefully he’ll be healthy before the post season run is over.

Matt A 72780

January 7th, 2013
4:04 pm

This is huge! JA55 returning is big time, without him we literally have zero pass rush. Willie Mo coming back helps a great deal with stopping the Seattle run Offense too. RISE UP ATL!!!! Should be a helluva game on Sunday.


January 7th, 2013
4:22 pm

I must admit, I’m shocked that’s he’s coming back. The TV footage of the injury looked really bad. But then, so did Ryan’s ankle injury last year at Detroit. What a turn of events this would be. The Seahawks lose their best pass rusher to a torn ACL and we get ours back. Maybe this is our year.

The Waterboy

January 7th, 2013
4:36 pm

Unfortunately, we are going to lose to Seattle. We have no run game and as such Seattle is going to feast on defending our passing game. We have a subpar running defense and as such Seattle will be running all over the field with multiple 10+yard rushes.
Gonna be a long day for us. Matt and Coach Mike will be 0-fer in the playoffs. Look for Tony to sign-on for one more season in hopes that the holes in the falcons team will be plugged thru the draft and free agency.
NFC championship will be Green Bay v. Seatle with Green Bay winning, righting the wrong that was done to them in that farce of a game on that infamous monday night.

Open Minded

January 7th, 2013
4:37 pm

Coming back to practice and being 100% are 2 significantly different things… C’mon guys get real. Abe will be there but may play like RG III

Falcons 73

January 7th, 2013
4:56 pm

@ The Waterboy – To say that the Falcons have no running game is overlooking the fact that they “have to have running game” to win. If you really study the Falcons transformation this year, you will see that they have substituted a “smash mouth running game”, with more screens and short passes (which in affect, are just like a running game). Please stop the old mentality, ignorant mentality of “having to run the ball” to win Championships…it’s false.

Michael M.

January 7th, 2013
4:59 pm

It never ends for the Falcons…………..just a 2 point favorite over the Seabuzzards?……If I remember correctly, everybody thought Eli Manning and th Giants would come into the Dome and blow the Falcons away.

What happen? …………..0 points for the Giants………….and that was worse than the playoff game that the Falcons had last year with them. The Falcons will be ready for the buzzards Sunday afternoon and it will be glorious to see the Team advance to the NFC title game in the Georgia Dome.

Who is the Buzzards quarterback again? I can’t even think of the guy’s name but nevermind that……………..he sure isnt Drew Breeze and he sure isn’t the other Manning and he will be sent home Sunday on a long plane flight back home.

Falcons will and should be at full strength Sunday, so what will that mean for the buzzards?

Falcons – 34 ………..Seabuzzards – 13


January 7th, 2013
5:00 pm

Its our time for a deep playoff run, i can smell the lombardi trophy. Go Falcs Rise up


January 7th, 2013
5:01 pm

Cautiously optimistic . . . want to hear what the big fella himself has to say about his present state of health. . .

Mike Franklin

January 7th, 2013
5:02 pm

We’ve watched Abe as age and the wear & tear have taken their toll. He should be rested and mostly healed… but if I was Smitty (yeah, we’re all coaches, lol) I’d play him in the same way that we once did old Claude Humphrey as the same age and wear caught up to him… by mixing in a little (Grits) Blitz to distract the O line and open a lane for this bulldozer to plow.

Yeah, that’s really old school D but… nobody plays it anymore. Who would expect to see a LB drop coverage and take up the OT so that the big guy could cut slant in on a direct route to the OB?

Philip Minutillo

January 7th, 2013
5:29 pm

WOW!! Great news I must admit I was harsh and wrote him off based Smitty past press conferences. I am just holding out hope for a win. I wish we had Washington. I guess maybe Owens won’t play then. I am hoping we win and Owens come back in the NFC game. He is a special teams ace and has gotten better this year a CB. Sorry Fellow Falcons fans i was wrong about ABE.

D man

January 7th, 2013
5:47 pm

Our DE star is back, their DE Star is out. Thanks goodness for wild card weekend and our bye. I don’t wish harm on anyone but having the extra time off was great for us.

Mike Franklin

January 7th, 2013
6:00 pm

We will rise up.
We will win.
The Lombardi comes home this year!


January 7th, 2013
6:33 pm

34-13? more like 27-23 Falcons.


January 7th, 2013
8:03 pm

To everyone questioning Mike Smith’s honor and integrity about Abraham’s injury, now is the time to man up and apologize.

Mike Smith is not a Jim Mora Jr. or Bobby Petrino; Mike Smith is a good, solid man that I am proud to call the Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons.


January 7th, 2013
8:40 pm

Okeetee guys??? Where are all you proffessional doctors that guaranteed abes would be out no matter what because you could see from his expression he was seriously hurt??? Like i said from the start im not his personal doctor and i wont assume hes out till the professionals say he is.


January 7th, 2013
9:23 pm

Falcons have played vanilla not showing their hand. It will be like tonight’s Alabama (us) verses Notre Dame (them) route. SEC verses a high school AAA team. And finally no more RGIII press hopefully on every channel I turn to, and commercials. Over rated player.

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January 7th, 2013
11:29 pm

The Predator might be gone next year, he should go out on a high note. To the tune of 3 sacks and a FF. Now people can stop ripping Smiths decision to play starters, we have a full caliber team that doesn’t have 3 weeks of rust coming in. No 55, LET’S GO!

just sayin'

January 8th, 2013
7:30 am

so? does anyone really expect his return to make a difference? don’t expect him to last through the first qtr….

I usually just read but...

January 8th, 2013
7:32 am


January 8th, 2013
9:53 am

Very good news, hope is is healthy enough to cause havoc.

Call me crazy, but I’m getting this feeling that Turner is going to have a monster game after everyone including Falcons fans have been giving him grief. I’m guessing he is pretty pissed off, and he runs much better in the dome. I’m guessing the Seahawks are not really planning on seeing many runs.



January 8th, 2013
10:40 am

matt ryan need to step up his game. he need to attack the seahawks and unless its a screen or design short throw, he need to get ball down field to white and jones. seattle corners won’t stop them like they did washington recievers or the mike smith need to watch the officials allowing the seahawks corners to hold and grab beyond the legal areas.ryan need to turn it up in the playoffs.we shouldn’t see the ball rolling on the ground incomplete often.mike turner run north and south can’t dance or shake noone.just hit the holes hard and fast and you will have a breakout game.


January 8th, 2013
12:02 pm

MS needs to tell the refs before game time to not let these CB’s hit beyond the 5 yards. Whether they do or not will make a big difference. It’s difficult to catch with someone hanging on you. If allowed to hit beyoud 5 yards turns a great WR into a mediocre one. We need that strength and I’m sure their CB’s will be trying to see what they can get by with.
I have a hard time trusting refs. I see so many bad calls. Even with the challenge some can’t be overturned because of camera angles and even if the coach is right, the challenges are limited.


January 8th, 2013
2:18 pm

The Falcons need to dominate early. The Seahawks are young and rowdy and they are going to talk smack. A loud crowd will not distract them easily. We need to go down as we often do, score early and keep that foot on the gas! Make them play OUR game. We can win this, it’s going to be tough but we have the ability and the experience to win this. GO FALCONS

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January 8th, 2013
11:42 pm

It was stupid to have him out there in the first place, besides….they still loss! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Maybe Smith went to the Mike Shannahan school of coaching!


January 8th, 2013
11:44 pm

Oh yeah! We still can’t gain a yard when we need it and we only put the ball in the endzone, 20% of the time when we’re in the Red Zone. Not good heading into the playoffs……….I’m just saying!

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