Tony Diesel Posted January 14, 2013 Share Posted January 14, 2013 Smith: John Abraham injury not seriousBy Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.comAtlanta 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. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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