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FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - The Atlanta Falcons announced Friday morning that they are releasing three veteran players -- defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson and running back Michael Turner.

"As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "The guys we released today have contributed to the success that we have had over the last five years, and we greatly appreciate their efforts."

Abraham joined the Falcons in 2006. He ranks second on the team's all-time sacks list and is the League's active sack leader. Robinson was signed as a free agent by the Falcons in 2010 and has racked up 214 tackles - 183 of them solo, along with four interceptions and 1.5 sacks while with the team. Turner landed in Atlanta in 2008 as a free agent and has totaled 6,081 rushing yards on 1,411 carries with a franchise record 60 rushing touchdowns.

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