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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons defensive end John Abraham was limited in practice for the third straight day on Friday, still hindered by an ankle injury during the regular-season finale.
Atlanta currently lists Abraham's status as questionable for Sundays NFC Divisional playoff clash with Seattle.
Abraham, who led the Falcons in sacks with 10 and ranked third in the NFL in forced fumbles with six, would not answer any questions about the ankle. But he did express excitement for Sunday's game.
Ready to play just like everybody else, preparing like everybody else, preparing, getting ready to play, he said.
Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux doesn't believe Abrahams injury is too serious. Abraham got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 22-17 loss to Tampa Bay, a game in which Atlanta already had clinched the NFCs top seed.
"The arrow was going up for being positive about his injury, hes been working hard to get back and hes ready to play on Sunday," Babineaux said.
Abraham returned to practice on Wednesday, though Babineaux said his teammate's presence wasnt necessary.
"We really didnt need Abe out there this week," Babineaux said. "As a vet that's been in the league for a long time, seen a lot of games, he understands the game plan and I look forward to him being out there on Sunday getting after guys.
Kroy Biermann, the left defensive end who would have taken Abraham's spot if he could not play, was relieved to see Abraham back at practice earlier in the week. However, he would not speculate on whether he thinks Abraham will be at 100 percent.
"Yeah, it's always good to have him out there," Biermann said. "He's definitely a leader of this team and of this defense. He brings a lot to the table.
Babineaux was asked if it were important for Abraham to be at his best on Sunday.
"We need everybody to be at their best," Babineaux said. "This is the playoffs. It's either win or go home. So everybodys got to be at their best and be able to sustain the ebbs and flows throughout the game and overcome adversity and well be all right.
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NFL Lines Divisional Playoffs – NFL Football Line
Divisional Playoff Games
NFL Game Lines 1/12 – 1/13, 2013
Date & Time
1/12 4:30 ET
1/12 8:00 ET
At San Francisco
1/13 1:00 ET
1/13 4:30 ET
At New England