Devonta Freeman never got out of the NFL’s concussion protocol after taking a shot early in a Week 11 loss to the Indianpolis Colts. He’ll be out on Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons take on the Minnesota Vikings in a game with significant playoff implications for both teams.
However, there does appear to be hope that the Falcons will have their star running back in the lineup soon. The second-year runner who leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns with nine and is tied for the NFL lead in total touchdowns with 11 is expected to resume practice on Wednesday according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. And, so long as he works his way out of the concussion protocol, McClure reports that the Falcons anticipate having him back in Week 13 as the Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Expect Devonta Freeman (concussion) to practice Wednesday and return vs. Tampa Bay
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 29, 2015
That’s good news for the Falcons, as that game against the Buccaneers could also have its own playoff impact with the Falcons currently sitting at 6-4 and the Buccaneers at 5-5. With Freeman in the lineup, the Falcons’ running game has provided balance to what we already know to be a prolific passing attack powered by Julio Jones at wide receiver.
In Freeman’s absence on Sunday, rookie Tevin Coleman will get the start against the Vikings. Coleman began the regular season as the starter after Freeman missed most of camp with an injury, but when Coleman went down with an injury of his own, Freeman exploded and took the job.
When he returns, you can expect him to resume his role as the starting running back.