Devonta Freeman took a hit to the helmet and went down with a head injury.
It’s an enormous blow to the Atlanta Falcons, as Freeman has been one of 2015’s breakout stars. He has 721 yards this year, having played in nine games and started in seven of them.
Freeman has also been terrific at catching the ball out of the backfield. Last week, he was held to a mere 12 yards on the ground, but he had 8 catches for 67 yards and a score. As a dual-threat running back, he’s been very hard to stop week in and week out.
At this point, the full extent of the injury is unknown. Freeman was taken to the locker room, and the thought is that he’s out with a concussion. There’s a chance that he comes back, though, if he actually passes that test.
Update: Freeman has now been ruled out for the rest of the game.
In the meantime, the Falcons are going to turn to backup running back Tevin Coleman. He’s a rookie out of Indiana, and he actually opened the year as the starter, before injuries pushed him to the bench. He has 42 carries going into today, for 183 yards and a score.
Losing Freeman would be devastating since he’s been far better than expected, but it’s important to remember that Coleman won the job in camp and started the first two games of the year. Only when he broke a rib did he lose that right. While he may not come in and replace Freeman without a problem, the Falcons do like what he brings to the table and they expect him to be more than able to pick up the slack.
The Falcons are beating the Indianapolis Colts, 14-0, halfway through the 2nd quarter.