Falcons head coach Mike Smith indicated in his Monday press conference yesterday that he expects defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson to play in the Falcons second round playoff game on January 13.
Robinson left Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after six plays with a head injury. Smith updated his status indicating that he is part of the concussion protocol. Robinson suffered a concussion in October 2010, and missed two weeks, one of which was a bye before he returned to action. It took 15 days after the injury before Robinson was cleared to return to practice. Abraham was injured at the start of the fourth quarter when teammate Peria Jerry fell on top of him, getting his left leg bent underneath. Abraham was helped off the field and was carted into the locker room with an ankle injury. Smith’s appraisal of Abraham’s likely return jibes well with an earlier report that Abraham’s injury was not serious.
I for one will feel much better if or when I see that Abraham participates in next Wednesday’s practice.