| RB Devonta Freeman likely to sit versus Ravens -- Wed Sep 2 4:14 pm --|
Several Falcons to miss exhibition season finale
|Wide receiver/teturner Devin Hester (toe), linebacker Justin Durant (foot), cornerback Desmond Trufant (shoulder), running back Antone Smith (hamstring), tight end Tony Moeaki (ankle), linebacker Joplo Bartu (quadriceps) and safety Robenson Therezie (quadriceps) were declared out for the game. Running back Devonta Freeman (hamstring) is not expected to play, but wasn’t declared out. Several other starters, like quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, are not expected to play. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman will battle for carries all season, however both players are recovering from pre-season hamstring injuries. Freeman has been limited since returning to practice but reports indicate he is progressing towards being 100 percent by Week One. At this point, health and competition are suppressing the fantasy appeal of both running backs to RB4 territory.
| Freeman, Coleman back at Falcons' practice -- Mon Aug 17 3:50 pm --|
Young RBs recovering from hamstring injuries
|Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are both recovering from hamstring injuries, returned to the individual portion of practice and were in full pads on Monday. Freeman and Coleman also did some extra running with the trainer.
The Falcons are aiming to have them back for the third exhibition game on Aug. 29 at Miami, which is their regular season dress rehearsal. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Along with Antone Smith, the Falcons' top three backs have all been sidelined by or currently dealing with hamstring injuries. It is becoming increasingly likely Atlanta will split carries between Freeman and Coleman to begin the season, which would make both players low-end RB3s at best behind an offensive line that figures to struggle opening running lanes. Smith could fall behind Terron Ward on the depth chart if he is unable to recover quickly.
| Devonta Freeman injures hamstring -- Thu Aug 6 6:20 pm --|
Joins rookie Tevin Coleman on sidelines; likely sidelined for "a bit"
|Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, who’s been receiving most of the plays with the first-team offense in training camp, suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thursday. Freeman was running outside and was taken to the ground hard. He did not return to the action.
The Falcons worked on their two-minute offense with Terron Ward, an undrafted rookie from Oregon State, as the running back with the first-team offense. Running back Tevin Coleman is also out with a hamstring strain. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: As a result of both players' hamstring injuries, we are unlikely to get any kind of clarity on the backfield situation in Atlanta before the end of the month - if even then. As such, it is starting to look more and more as if the Falcons will open the season splitting snaps between the two and might even mix in Antone Smith from time to time.