John Abraham, Dunta Robinson out of game with injuries

  • Updated: Dec. 30, 2012 at 03:49 p.m.

The playoffs and a bye week can't come too soon for the NFC's No. 1-seed Atlanta Falcons as two defensive starters have left the game due to injuries in a meaningless Week 17 game.

Falcons defensive end John Abraham was helped off the field by two trainers after hurting his left leg in the fourth quarter. He was then carted off to the locker room.

In the first half, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a head injury.

Robinson was hurt while making a tackle on Bucs running back Doug Martin on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Robinson's helmet collided with Martin's, and Robinson staggered backward to the turf. Robinson stayed down for close to a minute but then left the field without assistance. The team later announced he would not return.

Two plays later, Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel also was injured on a tackle and appeared to be holding his shoulder. He left the game briefly but returned for the next series.