Dec 16, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) tackles New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) during the first half at The Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports
It’s an especially critical time of the year for the Atlanta Falcons, so every injury listed on their injury report is magnified.
Cornerback Chris Owens has been ruled out for the game on Sunday. I don’t think this is a tremendous shocker, nor is it particularly horrible. The Seahawks don’t really spread defenses out to throw, so Owens being out isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Safety Charles Mitchell is questionable. Even if he’s completely healthy, he probably won’t see the field except on special teams. But he will be ready in whatever capacity.
Safety William Moore and cornerback Dunta Robinson have both been listed as probable for the game against Seattle. I never really doubted that Robinson would be ready, as he’s one of the toughest, hardest hitting corners in the league. William Moore will be ready, but it will be interesting to see how well he can run with that hamstring he’s been recovering from. Seattle may test him with some sort of deep shot, but I think Moore will spend most of his time in the box trying to stop Marshawn Lynch.
The real question is defensive end John Abraham. He is listed as questionable. To be honest, there’s no way he doesn’t play. But I wonder just how effective he will be in the game. Hopefully his injury wasn’t serious and he won’t be hampered one bit from getting after the quarterback and setting the edge in the run game. But If he’s not 100%, having him on the field can still be a good thing. He will require the attention of a tackle as well as a tight end or running back, and the more individuals Abraham takes up the better. At worst, he sets the edge and prevents run plays getting to the outside, or prevents a Russell Wilson bootleg, where he’s at his best. It will be interesting to see how he plays.