Head coach Dan Quinn did not mention Coleman (ankle) when discussing players with injury restrictions at the Falcons' voluntary offseason program, Matt Winkeljohn of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "There's a couple guys ... (who) are going to be limited as far as the offseason goes. They're all participating in some fashion," Quinn explained. "Tru, Claiborne and Shelby are all participating in some fashion with workouts and rehab. Offensively, Julio Jones would be the one in that spot." Coleman's ankle injury in the Super Bowl appeared somewhat serious, but he didn't need surgery and there's been nothing to suggest it's a long-term concern. Quinn's comments support the notion that the 24-year-old running back is back to full health for the start of the Falcons' offseason program. Coleman will reprise his role as a valued complement to Devonta Freeman, who hopes to secure an extension prior to the start of the final season of his rookie contract. As a key part of the high-powered Atlanta offense even when Freeman is healthy, Coleman may be the most valuable No. 2 running back in the league.
Coleman isn't expected to require offseason surgery on his left ankle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Head coach Dan Quinn said as much Tuesday, all but clarifying the severity of the injury sustained by Coleman in Super Bowl LI. No matter, Coleman will likely focus on rehab in the coming weeks and perhaps months with the aim of working in tandem with Devonta Freeman out of the Falcons' backfield once again.
Coleman injured his left ankle during the fourth quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots, NFL.com reports. Coleman's early departure was made possible after an awkward tackle in which his left ankle was crunched by much larger bodies while getting stuffed in the trenches. At that point in the game, he had turned seven carries into 29 yards and hauled in a six-yard touchdown grab, marking the Falcons' final score of the evening. There's no word on the extent of the injury, but the start of Coleman's offseason will include plenty of rest, at the very least.
Coleman (ankle) gained 29 yards on seven rushes and secured his only target for a six-yard touchdown in the Falcons' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime loss to the Patriots. The talented second-year back served as a perfect complement to Devonta Freeman, as was often the case during Atlanta's storied regular season and playoff run. However, disaster struck with just under nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, as Coleman's leg was bent awkwardly on a tackle near the sideline and he was unable to return to the game. Coleman was able to notch a six-yard touchdown in the early stages of the second half, which would end up being the final points of the night for the Falcons. Assuming his ankle injury isn't overly severe, Coleman will look to team with Freeman once again in 2017 as the Falcons look to defend their NFC crown.
Coleman (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. Coleman was twisted up on a short carry in the fourth quarter. Unless he returns, Devonta Freeman will shoulder the vast majority of the rushing load the rest of the way.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||Green Bay Packers||11||15.42|
|7||10/23||@New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|8||10/29||@New York Jets||15||17.00|
|12||11/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|14||12/08||New Orleans Saints||31||21.63|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||31||21.63|
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