Sunday’s major injuries to key players for NFL Week 17:
* The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Atlanta Falcons could be without a defensive end John Abraham, the Falcons’ top pass rusher, in the playoffs. He left with an apparent left ankle injury in the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Abraham couldn’t put his weight on the ankle as he was helped off the field, but coach Mike Smith didn’t think it was serious.
“The early reports are that it’s minor,” Smith said. “We’re not overly concerned. We’ll definitely have an evaluation (Monday). We don’t know a whole lot more. I did check with the trainer just prior to coming in here.”
* NFL.com reported that Falcons starting cornerback Dunta Robinson suffered a head injury in the first quarter and did not return. His helmet hit Doug Martin on the running back’s 3-yard gain. Robinson walked off the field and was escorted to the locker room.
* The Indianapolis Star reported that the Colts lost starting guard Joe Reitz in the first half against the Houston Texans with a head injury.
*Texans linebacker Daryl Sharpton left with a hip injury, while fellow linebacker Tim Dobbins left in the second half with what coach Gary Kubiak thought was a shoulder injury, according to ESPN.com.
* Bengals.com reported that Cincinnati running back BenJarvis Green-Ellis (hamstring) and safety Chris Crocker (thigh) suffered injuries against the Baltimore Ravens, but neither were serious.
* Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth left the game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion, according to the Chicago Tribune.
– Associated Press and NFL Evolution.