Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That leaves the starting job to Brian Hill, who handled all 18 RB opportunities (16 carries, 2 targets) after Freeman exited last week. Hill is a solid RB2 vs. Carolina's 29th-ranked RB defense.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons RB Devonta Freeman "could be out about two weeks" after suffering a foot sprain in Sunday's win. The injury reportedly affects Freeman's big toe more than the foot. Brian Hill looks like Atlanta's lead back while Freeman is out, with rookie Qadree Ollison likely factoring in as well. Atlanta gets a run-friendly matchup in Carolina for Week 11.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman suffered a foot injury in Sunday's game against the Saints and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one. RB Ito Smith (neck) was placed on IR on Saturday, leaving RB Brian Hill as Atlanta's lead back.
Falcons RB Ito Smith (neck) is out for Sunday's game against the Saints. Brian Hill will step in as Atlanta's #2 RB, but Smith's absence is an upgrade for Devonta Freeman. In 2 full games without Smith this season, Freeman has averaged 14.5 carries and 6 targets. Those marks drop to 12.2 carries and 5 targets with Smith.
Falcons RB Ito Smith (neck) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. That doesn't bode well for his chances of playing against the Saints this weekend. Smith's absence would be a boost to RB Devonta Freeman's fantasy stock.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that RB Ito Smith has been diagnosed with a concussion and won't play against the Seahawks this weekend. We'll see if he can get cleared after Atlanta's Week 9 bye. Brian Hill will step in as the #2 back on Sunday, but RB Devonta Freeman should dominate backfield work.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was ejected in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams after getting into a scuffle with DL Aaron Donald. Atlanta lost RB Ito Smith to a likely concussion earlier in this game, leaving them with RBs Brian Hill and Kenjon Barner.
Falcons RB Ito Smith exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts for a concussion check. We'll update his status when we learn more. Smith's absence leaves Devonta Freeman as Atlanta's feature back.
Update: Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be a full-go for training camp, HC Dan Quinn said. Knee, groin and foot injuries limited Freeman to just 2 games last season. “We can’t wait to get Free back,” Quinn said. “He’s having such an awesome offseason ... When you get to see the team out here this spring, I think you’ll feel the energy at running back certainly with Free leading the way.” Prior to the injury-wrecked 2018 campaign, Freeman had finished 13th, 6th and 1st among RBs in PPR points the previous 3 seasons. Still just 27, he's a prime bounce-back candidate in 2019 with Tevin Coleman gone and Atlanta beefing up the offensive line with free agents Jamon Brown and James Carpenter and rookies Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary.
FOX's Jay Glazer reports that the Falcons are placing RB Devonta Freeman. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the veteran will have groin surgery and hopes to return this season. The 8-week timeline on being designated to return from IR wouldn't bring him back until at least Week 15, though. That puts both Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith into play as potential weekly fantasy starters the rest of the way. Coleman played 38 snaps to Smith's 31 against Tampa, but Smith beat him 11-10 in rushing attempts and matched Coleman's 2 targets. Coleman remains the slightly better bet for touches and the stronger bet for yardage production the rest of the way.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is "likely" out for next Monday night's game against the Giants. Atlanta has a Week 8 bye, which might play a part in the team's decision to hold him out. RBs Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith figure to again form a committee vs. the G-Men.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. The team doesn't expect this to be a long-term absence, but we'll monitor Freeman's status next week. It's worth noting that Atlanta has a Week 8 bye. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will handle backfield duties on Sunday. In the 3 full games Freeman has missed this season, Coleman averaged 15 carries and 3.3 targets and Smith 6 carries and 2.7 targets.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Bucs this weekend. We just removed Freeman from the Week 6 RB Rankings and bumped Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith up.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a bone contusion and that Freeman's availability for this weekend's game against the Bucs is "clearly in doubt." We'll keep an eye on the situation. Freeman's absence would again make Tevin Coleman Atlanta's lead back with Ito Smith in a change-of-pace role.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. There’s still some risk with Freeman in his first action since the opener — and he gets a Steelers defense allowing just 3.5 yards per carry. But there’s also lots of TD upside in what should be a shootout.
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