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One of the benefits of having a bye week in the playoffs is you can get much-needed rest for players with injuries, both nagging and major. During Atlanta’s four-practice bye week, a few injured Falcons made it back to the field.
Strong safety William Moore, who has missed the last four games, returned to practice Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Moore is a hard-hitting cog to the defensive backfield and will benefit Atlanta’s run defense greatly.
The AJC also reported that wide receiver Roddy White proclaimed himself 100 percent healthy on Friday. White had been slowed by a knee injury, even though he hasn’t missed a game in his Falcons career.
Also on Friday, cornerback Dunta Robinson was cleared from league-mandated concussion protocol and returned to practice
Head coach Mike Smith also announced during his Monday press conference that defensive end John Abraham, who sustained an ankle injury in Atlanta’s Week 17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will return to practice Wednesday.
The Falcons could be back to near-full strength by Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks.
The same can’t be said for the Seahawks, who may have lost their best pass-rusher in the Wild Card Round. Defensive end Chris Clemons injured his left knee in the game and will undergo an MRI Monday. The results aren’t known, according to an ESPN report, but many fear Clemons tore his ACL.
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Knox Bardeen is the NFC South lead writer for Bleacher Report and the author of “100 Things Falcons Fans Should Know & Do Before they Die.” Be sure to follow Knox on Twitter.