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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Checking on Falcons' injuries

By Pat Yasinskas

The Atlanta Falcons appear to be about as healthy as possible as they get ready for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Defensive end John Abraham practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day. Abraham aggravated an ankle injury in the win against Seattle in the divisional playoffs. The Falcons continue to express optimism that he’ll be able to play Sunday and I doubt you’ll see Abraham sit this one out. The Falcons need their top pass-rusher and backups Cliff Matthews and Jonathan Massaquoi aren’t nearly on Abraham’s level.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) and cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring) also participated in practice on a limited basis.

Safety William Moore (hand) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (foot) are listed on the injury report but both of them participated fully in practice for the second straight day.