Abraham, Babineaux questionable for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons plan on having defensive end John Abraham ready to lead their pass rush on Sunday in the NFC title game.
Abraham was limited in practice Friday for the third straight day, but he expects to start when the Falcons (14-3) host San Francisco (12-4-1).
"I feel good," Abraham said. "My workload was ramped up every day as the week progressed. Everyone is hurt at this time of year, but this is the NFC championship, so we all have to go."
The Falcons' injury report includes defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), strong safety William Moore (right hand), linebacker Stephen Nicholas (foot) and reserve cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring).
Babineaux and Abraham are listed as questionable. Moore, Nicholas and Owens are probable, and all three participated fully in practice Friday.
Even though Abraham might not be at full strength, coach Mike Smith believes he can still push off his left foot well enough to help close the pocket on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Smith said the medical staff recommended keeping Abraham on the sideline after he reinjured the ankle in the second quarter of last week's divisional playoff win over Seattle.
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