ATLANTA -- Lawyer Milloy hasn't missed back-to-back games since Week 6 of the 2004 season.
A back injury, sustained during Atlanta's 24-17 win at Minnesota on Dec. 21, kept Milloy off the field last week for the first time in 74 games. Since the New England Patriots drafted him out of the University of Washington in 1996, Milloy has missed just six games.
"I'm very blessed not to have had a lot of injuries in my career," Milloy said. "I think that's credited to how I approach the game and how I play it. Last week, I tried to get ready to go on Sunday, and it just didn't feel like I'd be able to put my product on the field in a positive way."
"Everybody could see that our defense was kind of flat without Lawyer in there," Abraham said. "He's kind of like our guy on the defense. He does a good job coming up and making big plays for us. He's a safety, but he plays like a linebacker."
"We're going to have to go out there in a hostile environment and block it out as quick as possible," Milloy said. "Our young guys are going to have to go out there, inhale the elements and then blow it out as fast as they can and just play Falcons football. I think we've shown we can win big football games on the road. We're a very even-keeled team. When we do that and play within the scheme of our offense and defense, we win ballgames."
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