Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith provided some good news for his team when he announced on Wednesday that he expects his team's best pass-rusher, John Abraham, to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
However, Abraham did not practice on Wednesday, and the Falcons are making contingency plans in case Abraham cannot play.
Abraham sat out most of last weekend's victory over the Seattle Seahawks after re-injuring his ankle, and the Falcons' lack of a pass rush was evident as Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led a comeback.
The Falcons need the pass-rushing skills of Abraham to help contain 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Abraham had 10 sacks during the season.