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.
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 defend their NFC crown.
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.
Coleman ran for 57 yards on 11 carries and hauled in a touchdown reception in Saturday's playoff win over the Seahawks.
Coleman averaged 5.2 yards a carry on the ground and added three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown through the air. Paired with Devonta Freeman, the Falcons have a solid 1-2 punch at running back. Coleman will look to help Atlanta punch their ticket to the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Packers.
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