FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- During the Atlanta Falcons' three days of practice this week, defensive end John Abraham, the teams leader in sacks, increased his workload each day after re-injuring his ankle in the divisional round.
Nonetheless, the club announced his status as "questionable" for Sundays NFC title game against the 49ers.
Players who are listed as questionable are supposed to have a 50 percent chance of playing. However, an analysis published by Deadspin on Thursday, in conjunction with Pro Football Talk, indicated that when the Falcons listed a player as questionable this season, he had roughly a 75 percent chance of playing that week.
Abraham was not present during the team's open locker room session on Friday. However, he provided the following statement through a team spokesman:
"I feel good -- 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 Game, so we all have to go."