Report: Devonta Freeman still in concussion protocol

By David Kenyon
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Devonta Freeman was unavailable when the Atlanta Falcons recently clipped the Seattle Seahawks, and the running back isn’t a lock to return in Week 12.

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, Freeman feels ready to play but is still in the concussion protocol.

Both he and the Falcons have little choice but to show patience, since there are multiple steps to being cleared.

Freeman exited Atlanta’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter, so he’s essentially missed two games due to the concussion. The Florida State product also missed a preseason contest while recovering from a brain injury.

In his place, Tevin Coleman has occupied the lead role. He logged 20 carries in both games, collecting 83 yards and a touchdown opposite the Cowboys. Coleman found less space opposite a tough Seattle front seven, managing 43 yards and one score. Terron Ward added his first 15 rushing attempts of the season, too.

The Falcons are a better offense with a healthy Freeman serving as the No. 1 back who shares snaps with Coleman. Since the team hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday, though, Atlanta would be OK if Freeman isn’t cleared for another week.