John Abraham to start for Falcons

PHILADELPHIA -- I just got the list of inactives for the Falcons.

On the plus side, defensive end John Abraham will play. On the minus side, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will not.

Having Abraham should be a big boost for the Falcons, because he’ll have a favorable matchup with tackle King Dunlap, who is playing for an injured Jason Peters. While Weatherspoon’s absence takes away a bit of speed from the Atlanta defense, there’s not a huge drop off because the Falcons will turn to Stephen Nicholas, a former starter.

The rest of the inactives for the Falcons are cornerback Dominique Franks, running back Gartrell Johnson, offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds, guard Mike Johnson, defensive end Lawrence Sidbury and defensive tackle Trey Lewis. John Parker Wilson is the third quarterback.