Gabriel was limited both Wednesday and Thursday to rest his ailing foot, but his full practice Friday cleared any uncertainty regarding his status. The speedster will be available as usual to face a mistake-prone Green Bay secondary, and he should take confidence from catching all three of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's previous meeting with the Packers this season.
After logging an entire week of full practices, Gabriel received just 24 of the 72 offensive snaps Saturday against the Seahawks, which was well behind fellow wideouts Mohamed Sanu (49) and Julio Jones (42), and nearly equal to Aldrick Robinson's allotment of 25. Gabriel's inability to grab a larger workload is worrisome due to the seeming cap placed upon Jones, who has contended with a toe injury for more than a month and kicked off this week with a DNP. If allowed to play, as expected, in Sunday's NFC championship game versus the Packers, Jones should earn the largest share of WR reps, ensuring that Gabriel will have to take full advantage of his limited snap count.
Gabriel (foot) practiced in full Wednesday.
With the benefit of the Falcons' first-round bye, Gabriel has clearly put behind the toe and ankle injuries that forced him to be sidelined in Week 17. The multi-faceted wideout will now focus his efforts on exploiting a Seattle secondary that has allowed 12.9 YPC and 15 total touchdowns to wide receivers this season (including playoffs).
Held out of the regular season finale due to toe and ankle woes, Gabriel returned to drills during the
Gabriel missed Week 17's win over the Saints but is back in action this week as expected. He should be ready to go for next weekend's playoff tilt, but his status will be clarified throughout the next week and a half.
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