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John Abraham expected to play

Updated: January 16, 2013, 7:36 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said he expects defensive end John Abraham to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Abraham, the NFL's active sacks leader, made it through just 15 snaps in last week's divisional playoff victory over Seattle before aggravating a left ankle injury that forced him to leave in the second quarter.

"You don't want to lose a good player," Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said. "We won the game, so there's something we did right. But it does change ...

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