Devonta Freeman clears concussion protocol

By David Kenyon

The Atlanta Falcons have been without running back Devonta Freeman for the better part of three games, but he’s on track for a return in Week 13.

While appearing on 92.9 The Game, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Freeman has cleared concussion protocol and will practice Wednesday.

“Pumped to have him back,” Quinn said, per Wendy Adams of the station.

Freeman exited the Week 10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys after taking a direct hit to the helmet. He missed the following games against the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In his place, Tevin Coleman has served as Atlanta’s featured back. The Indiana product collected 88 combined rushing and receiving yards with a touchdown against Dallas. After picking up 58 yards and a score at Seattle, he tallied 97 yards and two touchdowns opposite Tampa.

While Coleman played well during his time as the lead runner, Freeman gives the Falcons a more dynamic option. Heading into a matchup with the Minnesota Vikings and one of the NFL’s best run defenses, Atlanta will be glad to have both versatile backs available.