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.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a knee contusion. The issue is with the same knee in which he sprained the MCL and PCL in late last season. We'll see if this time off solves the problem, but it's possible the knee is an issue all year. Tevin Coleman will serve as Atlanta's feature back for as long as Freeman is out, making him a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups. Rookie Ito Smith is expected to serve as the #2 RB.
The Falcons added Southern Miss RB Ito Smith in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Smith topped 1,100 rushing yards each of the past 3 seasons and left school with a solid 5.5 yards per carry average. He’s also a strong pass-catcher, averaging 10.3 yards per catch on 140 career grabs. At 5’9 and 195 pounds, he projects as a change-of-pace option at the next level. He has a shot to step in as Atlanta’s #2 RB if Tevin Coleman walks in free agency next offseason.