A lot of the hype leading into the opener between Atlanta and Pittsburgh centered on the suspension of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
But the Falcons were also without a key player. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was serving a one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct code. Babineaux has returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday against Arizona.
Atlanta’s defense had a pretty solid outing against Pittsburgh, but Trey Lewis, who started in place of Babineaux, was taken out of the play on a block that helped spring Rashard Mendenhall on the touchdown run that decided the game in overtime.
"I missed him on the field and having him in my presence and on the field with me. It makes me a lot more comfortable,’’ Abraham said.