The Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety will sit out Week 17.
The Falcons will likely try to get Roddy White a few snaps this week to keep his games played streak alive, but he likely won't log serious minutes with that lingering knee issue. Ditto Chris Owens, who is battling a hamstring issue. But they've already ruled out Moore for the Bucs game, and with very good reason.
Chris Hope has stepped in and done a fine job in Moore's absence, but Moore is an All-Pro caliber safety who has had quite a remarkable year. He also injured his hamstring four weeks ago and hasn't played since. There's a very fine line between wanting to win football games and trotting out a playmaker who could severely aggravate an existing injury, and Smith ain't walking it.
Moore will finish the regular season with 75 tackles, a sack, four picks and eight pass deflections. Early indications are that he'll be ready to play by the time the Falcons host their Divisional Round playoff game.