Abraham expects to play against 49ers

ATLANTA -- The most troubling thing to come out of the Falcons’ 30-28 victory over Seattle on Sunday might have been the ankle injury to John Abraham.

The veteran defensive end tweaked an already-injured ankle in the second quarter, left the game and did not return. I don’t think it’s any big coincidence that the Seahawks scored zero points while Abraham was in the game and 28 after he left.

Abraham is, by far, Atlanta’s best pass-rusher and a player that any offense has to account for on every play. Backups Cliff Matthews and Jonathan Massaquoi have some potential, but they’re not Abraham.

The Falcons need Abraham on the field for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game with San Francisco. Immediately after the Seattle game, coach Mike Smith said it was too early to give any projection on Abraham’s status.

We’ll find out more as the week goes on. But I’m expecting to see Abraham play against the 49ers. He’s a competitive guy and, at 34, he knows you don’t get too many chances to play in the NFC Championship Game. That’s why Abraham is expecting to be ready to go against the 49ers.

“Oh, yeah, you know me, you can’t keep me out of that game,” Abraham said. “We’re going to treat the [heck] out of it.”