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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.

The Falcons have ruled DE Takk McKinley out for Sunday's game against the Saints because of a groin injury. We'll see about his status for Week 4. McKinley didn't make for a strong IDP option in this matchup anyway.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) is set to play against the Saints this weekend. He returned to a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. HC Dan Quinn said Jones ran routes at full speed on Friday. Keep him locked into fantasy lineups.

As expected, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He’s 2 weeks into what was deemed a 2-4 week injury, so consider him questionable for Week 4. Tevin Coleman tallied 20 touches as Atlanta’s lead back last week and is looking at a similar workload on Sunday.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He told reporters earlier in the day that his absence is precautionary after his calf tightened up during last weekend's win over the Panthers. He's still fully expected to play against the Saints on Sunday, but it'd be nice to see him get back on the practice field tomorrow.

Falcons WR Julio Jones didn't practice Wednesday and is listed on the injury report with a calf issue. Jones seemed fine in last weekend's win over the Panthers, and we've heard nothing to suggest the calf is a real concern. We'll get another update on Jones' status tomorrow.

Falcons DE Takk McKinley suffered a groin injury in Sunday's win over the Panthers. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McKinley is considered "day-to-day" and looks questionable for Week 3. But the injury is not expected to impact him long term. The 2017 first-round pick has delivered a sack in each game so far.

Falcons S Damontae Kazee was ejected in the 1st half of today's game against the Panthers after delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on QB Cam Newton. Kazee went low to deliver the shot as Newton slid at the end of a run. We'll see if there's any further discipline beyond a fine coming. Given that it's the rookie's 1st such infraction, we wouldn't bet on a suspension.

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.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. The team has insisted that his knee injury is minor, but Freeman didn't practice all week. He's no lock to return for Week 3. Tevin Coleman will operate as a feature back for Atlanta on Sunday. He tallied 58 total yards and a TD and 97 yards and 2 scores, respectively, in the 2 games Freeman missed last year.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's starting to look iffy for this weekend's game against the Panthers. Freeman's absence would leave Tevin Coleman as Atlanta's feature back. In the 2 games Freeman missed last year, Coleman went for 58 total yards and a TD and 97 total yards and 2 scores.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will not practice on Wednesday. HC Dan Quinn said Freeman is "sore" and labeled him "day-to-day." This isn't believed to be a serious injury, but Freeman is far from a lock to play against the Panthers this weekend. His absence would leave Tevin Coleman as Atlanta's feature back. Check back tomorrow for another update.

The Falcons on Tuesday placed MLB Deion Jones on IR with a foot injury. The specific injury is not yet clear, but HC Dan Quinn said Jones will "require a procedure." Quinn added that they "do expect to get him back at some point this season." Short-term IR, though, means Jones will miss at least 8 games. That makes him not worth keeping in just about any redraft IDP league. Atlanta signed former Eagles LB Corey Nelson this week for depth, but he obviously doesn't come close to Jones' skill set. We'll see about the Falcons' specific replacement plan. LB De'Vondre Campbell and S Damontae Kazee gain tackle upside in Jones' absence. Kazee is taking over for Keanu Neal, who suffered an ACL tear in the loss to Philadelphia.


Falcons S Keanu Neal suffered a torn left ACL in Thursday night's loss to the Eagles and will miss the rest of the season. Second-year S Damontae Kazee stepped in to play about half the snaps against the Eagles and is expected to start in Neal's place. Kazee snagged 15 INTs over his final 2 seasons at San Diego State and defensed 29 passes for his career. He's worth a look in deeper IDP leagues.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's knee is "fine." We'll look for more details, but it at least sounds like Freeman avoided a serious injury. It's worth noting that it was the right knee that knocked him out of Thursday night's opener -- the same knee in which he injured his PCL and MCL late last season.

Falcons S Keanu Neal left Thursday night's loss to the Eagles in the 3rd quarter with a knee injury. HC Dan Quinn said after the game, though, that the issue doesn't appear to be serious, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Neal will have 10 days to get ready for Week 2. We'll keep an eye on his status when Week 2 practices begin.

 
 
 

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