Falcons expect to be healthy for playoff game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday December 31, 2012

Atlanta, Ga--Coach Mike Smith expects the Atlanta Falcons to be nearly at full strength for the playoffs.

Smith says early reports on defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson, both injured against Tampa Bay in the regular season finale, are positive.

Abraham left the loss to the Buccaneers with a left ankle injury, and Robinson departed with a head injury. But Smith expects that both will be ready Jan. 13 when Atlanta hosts either No. 4 seed Washington, No. 5 seed Seattle or sixth-seeded Minnesota.

Despite his players' sloppy performance on Sunday, Smith told them they should be proud of a 13-3 record that tied for best in the NFL, and for earning a No. 1 playoff seed.

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