Thursday Jan. 1, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Lawyer Milloy was limited in practice for the third straight day Thursday, but the 13th-year NFL safety is expected to start when the Atlanta Falcons visit Arizona in a wild-card matchup.
A back injury kept Milloy off the field last week for the first time in 74 games. Since New England drafted him out of the University of Washington in 1996, Milloy has missed only six games.
Defensive end John Abraham knows the Falcons didn't exactly shut down St. Louis in last week's 31-27 victory over Rams. Abraham believes Milloy helps against the run more than casual fans might realize. Atlanta allowed a season-high 202 yards rushing, including 161 by Steven Jackson.
Arizona is still trying to sell approximately 3,700 tickets so the game won't be blacked out on local television, but Milloy expects the partisan Arizona crowd to make conditions difficult.
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