As we recover from the greatest football day ever in the history of football days and get ready for hopefully another such day starting shortly, here’s a quick injury note for the supporters of the Dirty Birds.
John Abraham is officially active, which isn’t exactly shocking stuff after he practiced all week in some capacity. But after the great Christian Ponder incident of Wild Card Weekend, we can never be too sure. Also, Abraham was listed as questionable after suffering an ankle injury during Atlanta’s meaningless regular-season finale two weeks ago, which left some lingering doubt.
His health is vital since he’s nearly the only source of a consistent pass rush for a team that didn’t do much of that. The Falcons finished the regular season with just 29 sacks (28th), making them one of only five teams with less than 30. Of that total, 10 belonged to Abraham. Or put another much more horrifying way, one guy accounted for 37 percent of Atlanta’s pass rush, and Abraham also forced six fumbles.
The sack gap between Abraham and the next guy is rather lengthy, as Kroy Biermann finished with four sacks.