For the second straight week, Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham and wide receiver Roddy White did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.
Running back Jason Snelling was also out of action.
Moving forward, this could become a trend.
Abraham, who has been nursing a groin injury, is in his 11th season and is 32 years old. In addition to monitoring his groin, expect the Falcons to continue to limit their defensive leader to protect him from the wear and tear of a long NFL season.
White, on the other hand, injured his knee in Week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His performance since the injury, however, would not suggest he’s feeling any lingering effects.
In Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens, his first game after the injury, White caught 12 balls for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. He has caught 26 balls for 270 yards in three games since the injury.
He now has 84 catches for 1,066 yards and seven touchdowns on the season, all at or near a career-high pace.
Again, his limitation in practice is likely precautionary.
Snelling’s injury is more concerning, as he left last Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be able to go this week.
With or without Snelling, the 9-2 Falcons travel to Tampa Bay to face the 7-4 Buccaneers Sunday with a chance to sweep the season series and all but eliminate the Buccaneers from NFC South contention.
Kickoff is set for 4:15 EDT.
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