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Smith: John Abraham injury not serious

By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith had some encouraging words on the injury front when he met with the media Monday afternoon.

Smith made it sound like John Abraham’s ankle injury is nothing serious.

“We anticipate John will be back out practicing with us before the end of the week,” Smith said.

Abraham first injured his ankle in the final regular-season game and aggravated it in Sunday’s playoff victory against the Seattle Seahawks. Abraham left in the second quarter after playing only 15 snaps against the Seahawks.

The Falcons had to get by with Cliff Matthews playing 46 snaps and rookie Jonathan Massaquoi taking part in 14 plays. Matthews and Massaquoi both have potential, but neither has anything close to Abraham’s experience.

Having Abraham ready for the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco is crucial. Abraham has the athleticism to at least help the Falcons have a chance to slow quarterbackColin Kaepernick in the running game.

Abraham also is Atlanta’s only real pass-rushing threat. If he isn’t healthy, the Falcons likely would have to alter their defensive philosophy and make heavy use of the blitz to have any chance of putting pressure on Kaepernick.

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Yep. Not serious at all. That's why when Wilson was smashing us on the mouth, Abe was on the sideline. I call ********. If we lost, it would have been completely on his shoulders turning a bs game into a serious one.

I cringed watching how much time Wilson got in the pocket. Brady was upset that he didn't have the same amount of time.

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Lollll what y'all want the man to say. Y'all heard abe. Youre not keeping him off that field. They convinced him to sit with a 20 pt lead with a promise that we need him next game.

I wondered if this was the case. got the big lead and let him rest. They just need to figure out a couple of things for next week:

how to cover the area behind the LBs and the Safeties

and, once they stop pushing their rushes upfield soas not to leave a lane for the mobile QB, how to at least raise their hands and block off passing lanes or possibly knock the ball down.

geesh there were some of those plays it was obvious they stopped pushing their rushes because they feared letting wilson rush past them. but get your freaking hands up! dude is a midget, quit giving him free wide open field of view

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