Dec 16, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) leads the defense onto the field before the game at The Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Giants 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports
In preparation for the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons have released their weekly injury report.
This injury report is fairly short, but it’s got several big-name players, and all of them are defensive.
Safety Charles Mitchell and cornerback Chris Owens were both held out of practice dealing with calf and hamstring injuries respectively. That’s certainly not good, but Mitchell has barely seen the field, and I think first year Falcon Robert McClain is actually a better nickel corner than Owens. He’s played more. But I am concerned what happens if the Seahawks are to like up 4 receivers. The Falcons don’t really have much of a 4th corner outside of Owens.
Corner Dunta Robinson suffered a head injury in the Falcons last game against Tampa Bay, but he saw full practice participation today. He should be good to go for the Falcons tomorrow. You should check out this piece by fellow Blogging Dirty writer Sergio on Robinson’s value to the Falcons.
Strong safety William Moore saw limited practice. I’m concerned about his availability against Seattle. He missed the final four games of the regular season, and while his hamstring seems to be healing significantly, who knows if he’ll really be ready physically to go. And who’s to say whether he’ll be prepared for game speed. Everyone else has been playing week in and week out, and Moore has missed lots of time.
The final member of the injury report is defensive end John Abraham. He saw limited practice today as well. He’s probably the most veteran player on the Falcons (outside of Tony Gonzalez). If anyone is sure of how their own body works and won’t play if they aren’t physically capable, Abraham is that guy. He’s seen limited practice several times this season. If he’s not ruled out for the game at some point this week, then he’s going to play. I think it’s as plain and simple as that.
Keep an eye on Blogging Dirty for the injury situation as the week progresses.