Falcons CB Williams is doubtful for playoff game

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Williams is listed as doubtful

with an injured left knee for Saturday’s NFC divisional game

against Green Bay.

Williams, Atlanta’s primary nickel back and a ninth-year

veteran, was injured in the regular season finale win over

Carolina. If Williams can’t play, Christopher Owens will take his


Owens ended last season as a left-side starter for Atlanta, but

lost the job to Brent Grimes in training camp. He was the primary

nickel back until Williams replaced him before a home victory over

Tampa Bay on Nov. 7.

Williams underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee in

October 2009 and missed the rest of the season. Owens took his

starting spot.

The Falcons (13-3) are the NFC’s top seed. Green Bay (11-6)

advanced with a wild-card win last week at Philadelphia.

After practice Friday, Atlanta listed receiver Roddy White

(knee), defensive end John Abraham (groin), defensive tackle

Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), middle linebacker Curtis Lofton

(limited) and safety Thomas DeCoud (ankle) as questionable.

Green Bay listed linebacker Clay Matthews (shin), cornerback

Charles Woodson (toe) receiver Donald Driver (knee), offensive

tackles Chad Clifton (knees) and Bryan Bulaga (shoulder),

linebacker Diyral Briggs (ankle) and defensive ends Cullen Jenkins

(calf) and Ryan Pickett (shin) as probable.

Linebacker Frank Zombo is out with a knee injury. Safety Atari

Bigby (groin), running back Korey Hall (knee) and center Jason

Spitz (calf) are questionable.