FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that starting right cornerback Dunta Robinson is in the NFL's concussion protocol but "is moving through it at a very good pace" and said he "fully" expects both Robinson and defensive end John Abraham to play in the team's playoff game on Jan. 13.
The Falcons appear to have caught a couple of breaks after Smith elected to play his starters for the entirety of a 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, during which the two key defenders were hurt.
Robinson suffered what the team called a head injury in the first quarter. Abraham, the team's leader in sacks and forced fumbles, injured his ankle in the fourth quarter. Neither player returned.
By securing the top seed in the NFC, the Falcons (13-3) earned themselves a week of rest, which seems as if it will provide the cushion that made Smith feel safe in saying that he thinks both players will return to the field in time. Smith did not answer directly when asked about report...