The Falcons are taking their sweet time nursing John Abraham, Dunta Robinson and William Moore back to health.
There are multiple advantages to securing a bye in the NFL Playoffs, and one of those is the ability to nurse injured players back to health without necessarily rushing them back.
The Atlanta Falcons are doing just that with defensive end John Abraham (ankle), cornerback Dunta Robinson (concussion) and safety William Moore (hamstring). All three players will likely sit out practice the rest of this week before returning next week (via the Atlanta-Journal Constitution):
"You want to have the healthiest possible team in the opener of the playoffs," Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Thursday. "We've got some guys who have some bumps and bruises that have gone through a 16-game regular season and need some rest. We're going to make sure that they're going to be as healthy as possible."
Abraham and Robinson both suffered their injuries in Atlanta's Week 17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Neither injury was deemed all that serious, which was a huge break considering neither guy had to be on the field in the meaningless affair.
Moore suffered a hamstring injury back on Nov. 29 against the New Orleans Saints and has not seen the field since. The safety had not yet been cleared by doctors prior to Week 17, but the team is expecting him to be ready for the postseason.