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William Moore is missing his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury, and the Falcons' secondary also is without cornerback Christopher Owens against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chris Hope is starting for Moore. Owens also has a hamstring injury.
Wide receiver Roddy White, held out of practice this week with a knee injury, is starting. White continues his streak of not missing a game through eight seasons.
Center Joe Hawley, who returned to the team last week from a four-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, also is inactive for Atlanta.
Backup offensive guard Roger Allen (groin) is inactive for Tampa Bay. Tight end Dallas Clark, who had been on the injury report with an illness, is starting.
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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...
The Atlanta Falcons have secured home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs but as the 2012 NFL regular season comes to a close, it’s never too soon to look ahead. The Falcons will look to see if they can finally win a playoff game in the post-season before preparing for the start of free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft. Now that the 2012 regular season has ended, it’s time...
Atlanta defensive end John Abraham injured his ankle late in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.Fantasy Spin:It didn't look good but luckily the Falcons are off next week so perhaps Abraham will be back to full strength by then. If not, Lawrence Sidbury would likely start in his place.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Where: Georgia Dome
Time: 1 p.m.
Records: Falcons (13-2, 3-2 in NFC South); Buccaneers (6-9, 2-3).
Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 3 with an over of 46.
Key Offensive Matchup
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The Atlanta Falcons lost a pair of starters on defense
yesterday during their 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, lineman John
Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson, reports Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
The Falcons lost starting cornerback Dunta Robinson to a head
injury in the first quarter and defensive end John Abraham to an ankle
injury in the fourth quarter. Abraham was...
Falcons safety William Moore will miss his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury on Sunday, perhaps putting into question whether he will be ready for the teams playoff game in two weeks.
Moore has a history with hamstring injuries, as he suffered two during his rookie season of 2009 that, along with a knee injury, limited him to two games that year. On Oct. 28 of that year...
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