The Atlanta Falcons blew out the Dallas Cowboys 27-7 to more or less save their season, and now they’ll roll into the Emerald City on Monday night for a huge game against the Seattle Seahawks. While Seattle’s injuries are well-documented, there is one key player on Atlanta’s offense that will most likely not be a part of next week’s game.
Star running back Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over Dallas, his second one of the year. Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward split carries the rest of the afternoon, with Coleman getting the overwhelming majority of the touches. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Freeman is not expected to play against Seattle, and in fact could miss multiple games.
While it's unlikely Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will play Monday night at Seattle due to his second concussion of the season, it also would not be surprising to see it turn into a multi-game absence, either.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2017
The running back duo of Freeman and Coleman is one of the best in the NFL, so Coleman will be shouldering the load for at least the Seahawks matchup. Coleman finished with 83 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown against the Cowboys, and is very much a dangerous player in his own right.
Atlanta’s offense is relatively healthy apart from Freeman, but it’s still a significant loss to not have Freeman for potentially multiple weeks, starting with Seattle, whose rushing defense has considerably improved after a brutal two-week stretch in September.