Freeman is slated for groin surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The impetus for the roster move has come to light, with surgery ordered up on the groin injury that emerged late last week. Freeman must spend eight weeks on IR before he can be considered for activation to the 53-man roster, meaning he may be able to return as early as Week 15 against the Cardinals if his recovery goes off without a hitch. In the meantime, Tevin Coleman will serve as the Falcons' No. 1 back while Ito Smith handles change-of-pace work.
Freeman has been "week-to-week" for some time, so he'll now have plenty of time to heal up for a potential return late in the season. Moving forward, the Falcons backfield will be composed of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith.
With a Week 8 bye on the schedule, the Falcons may opt to hold Freeman out for a fifth time in six games. In the event he's ruled out again, the Falcons will turn to Tevin Coleman as the primary running back, with Ito Smith serving as a change-of-pace option.
Coach Dan Quinn ruled out Freeman (groin/foot) for next Monday's game against the Giants, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The Falcons' schedule includes a Week 8 bye, so the team clearly is holding Freeman out one more game with the hope the bone bruise in his foot is behind him. In his stead, Tevin Coleman will continue to lead the backfield, with Ito Smith mixing in on occasion.
Freeman (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Freeman didn't practice at all this week and will now sit out for a fourth time in six games. Tevin Coleman gets another opportunity to lead the Atlanta backfield, with rookie Ito Smith in a supporting role. The Falcons reportedly don't view the bone bruise in Freeman's foot as a long-term issue, but it is somewhat worrisome that he's also dealing with a groin injury, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The next opportunity to play will come on Monday Night Football against the Giants in Week 7.
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|