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 carted to the Falcons’ locker room
after leaving the game. Falcons coach Mike Smith revealed in postgame
remarks that Abraham's injury was minor.
While Abraham’s injury is expected to be minor, it’s not yet
clear what Robinson is dealing with. The Falcons haven’t labeled the head
injury as a concussion, and the cornerback is expected to undergo further
The injuries once again bring into question the practice of
playing your starters in games that are meaningless. The Falcons had already
clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but the team showed yesterday that it’s not
one that can afford to take two weeks off.
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