Healthy again, Falcons' Abraham looks to finish strong

Posted Dec. 16, 2011 @ 4:55 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Falcons did not envision an inconsistent, and often ineffective, pass rush off the edge when they signed Ray Edwards to start opposite John Abraham at defensive end last offseason. That has been the disappointing reality for the team, however.

Edwards, who has only 3½ sacks, underwent knee surgery during the lockout and has offered that procedure as an explanation for his struggles, but we hear the team was expecting more from him. Abraham had only three sacks in his previous 11 games before teeing off on indecisive rookie Blaine Gabbert in Week 15. Abraham, who also has been slowed by injury, was credited with 3½ sacks and two forced fumbles, giving him 8½ sacks on the season.

"I'm feeling extremely healthy," Abraham said after the game. "During the middle of the season, I had a groin injury, but now I can get back to (showing) my playmaking ability."

At the age of 33, and in his contract year, Abraham could make a huge difference for the Falcons' defense down the stretch.

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