Freeman (concussion) won't play Sunday against the Vikings. With Freeman unavailable this week, Tevin Coleman is in line to head the Falcons' Week 12 backfield, with Terron Ward also on hand to work in a complementary role.
Freeman (concussion) was unable to practice Friday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. Freeman now seems doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings as he remains under the league's concussion protocol and out of practice. Barring something unexpected, Tevin Coleman is in store for the lion's share of touches out of the backfield Sunday.
Freeman (concussion) won't practice Thursday. Coach Dan Quinn acknowledged Thursday that the Falcons are preparing as though Freeman won't play Sunday against the Vikings, and in such a scenario, Tevin Coleman would be in line to head the team's Week 12 backfield.
Freeman won't take part in practice Wednesday, as he remains in the first phase of the concussion protocol. Head coach Dan Quinn relayed Monday that Freeman had already received clearance to attend meetings, but Wednesday's development indicates otherwise. As the week progresses, the Falcons will tread carefully with their star running back due to the murky nature of concussions. While Freeman's availability could come down to a game-time call, the team kicks off at 1 PM ET on Sunday, affording his owners a chance to make necessary adjustments. If he's unable to play, Tevin Coleman will head Atlanta's backfield.
The early signs on Freeman (head) are positive, as his concussion symptoms were not particularly severe, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. Concussion are always serious, but it does appear Freeman avoided the worst of it. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said his star running back is off to a good start in the NFL's concussion protocol, which likely means Freeman has already been cleared to participate in team meetings. Fleet-footed rookie Tevin Coleman struggled in Sunday's loss to the Colts, managing just 48 yards on 17 carries, without any receptions. The Falcons have a tough Week 12 matchup with the Vikings in a game that's key for the NFC wild-card picture.
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