Shark Bites

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Friday, but WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) remained sidelined. Ridley now seems to have a better shot to play against the Giants on Monday night. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.

Falcons WRs Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip) did not practice on Thursday. It's a surprise after HC Dan Quinn said this morning that he expected both guys to participate. We'll see if they can get on the field tomorrow, but Ridley and Sanu both look no better than 50/50 for Monday night's game vs. the Giants.

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.

The Falcons have signed K Giorgio Tavecchio. He'll replace K Matt Bryant (hamstring) for at least this week. Tavecchio connected on a subpar 76% of his FG attempts for Oakland last year. But he's a viable Week 7 fantasy play with Atlanta sporting a big 30-point implied total on Monday night against the Giants.

Falcons K Matt Bryant is "likely" to miss next Monday night's game against the Giants with a hamstring injury suffered yesterday, HC Dan Quinn said. It sounds like Atlanta will sign K Giorgio Tavecchio to replace Bryant.

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.

An MRI on Falcons WR Calvin Ridley's injured ankle revealed a bone bruise, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We don't have a timetable for his return yet. Ridley has an extra day to heal up with Atlanta playing the Giants next Monday night. But the Falcons also have a Week 8 bye and could elect to sit Ridley on Monday and give him 2 full weeks to get healthy.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu exited in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Bucs with hip injury. He was on the injury report this week with a hip, although it's unclear if this is related. We'll update Sanu's status when we learn more.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley injured his ankle in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bucs. He's officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

UPDATE: Ridley has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

The Falcons have ruled DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) out for the 2nd straight game. That hurts an already weak Atlanta run D. Unfortunately for the Bucs, they don't have an RB who has proved capable of exploiting the weakness yet.

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.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said in a Wednesday morning radio appearance that he expects RB Devonta Freeman (knee) to return for this weekend's game against the Steelers. Freeman returned to limited practices last week, and we'll watch his participation level over the next few days. If healthy, he figures to regain lead duties in Atlanta's backfield.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that he "hopes" to get RB Devonta Freeman (knee) back for this weekend's game against the Steelers. Freeman returned to limited practices last week, so we'd consider him a bit better than 50/50 to play on Sunday. Tevin Coleman has been slightly underwhelming as Atlanta's lead back over the past 3 games.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He returned to practice this week, giving him a shot to play next weekend. Tevin Coleman gets another game as Atlanta's feature back and is a RB1 in what should be a shootout vs. Cincinnati.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) put in a limited practice on Thursday, his 1st since suffering a knee contusion in the season opener. According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Freeman was sporting a non-contact jersey at the start of practice. It's unclear if he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Dan Quinn did say that Freeman has been cleared for walkthroughs, but he's seems unlikely to be ready for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Tevin Coleman will get another outing as Atlanta's lead back.

Falcons FS Ricardo Allen tore his left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Saints and will miss the rest of the season. That leaves Atlanta's defense without both of its starting safeties, after SS Keanu Neal suffered an ACL tear in Week 1. Jordan Richards played 32% of the snaps against New Orleans and looks like the next guy up. The Falcons also recently signed former Bucs S Keith Tandy and could shift Kemal Ishmael back from LB. We'll see about their plan over the coming week.

 
 
 

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