FantasySP / NFL / Devonta Freeman FantasySP / NFL / Devonta Freeman Copyright 2018 5334994 <![CDATA[Falcons RB Tevin Coleman calls Devonta Freeman injury 'heart-breaking']]> Devonta Freeman has had some bad injury luck over the past year and it’s gotten worse as the team announced they were putting him on injured reserve earlier this week.

While the absence of Freeman will open things up for backup Tevin Coleman to showcase his skills, he takes no pleasure in seeing his teammate get hurt. He described Freeman’s injury as heart-breaking, per Jason Butt at the Athletic.

Tevin Coleman on Devonta Freeman’s injury: “It’s heartbreaking.]]> 5334994 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 8:33:01 EDT Falcons Wire
<![CDATA[Falcons rookie RB Ito Smith ranks No. 7 in elusive rating]]> Devonta Freeman on injured reserve is they’ll get a better look at what their rookie running back is all about.

So far, fourth-round pick Ito Smith has looked good in limited action.

Smith has posted a total of 102 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. While that average (3.2 yards per carry) is nothing to write home about, Smith has impressed in other ways – namely, he can make people miss.

According to Pro Football Focus, Smith ranks No. 7 in elusive rating among running backs with enough snaps to qualify]]> 5334199 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:33:01 EDT Falcons Wire
<![CDATA[Candidate to return in second half]]> Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that Freeman (groin/foot) is a candidate to return from injured reserve later in the season, Vaughn McClure of reports.

By virtue of being placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Freeman will have to miss at least the next eight weeks, making the Falcons' Dec. 23 game against the Panthers in Week 16 the earliest date he could return. Quinn noted that the Falcons' standing in the NFC playoff picture would likely dictate whether Freeman is activated, but the expectation is that the running back will be fully recovered from both injuries by late December. While it was a bone bruise in Freeman's foot that sidelined him for the Week 6 win over the Buccaneers, he elected to undergo surgery Thursday to address a groin injury that had also been plaguing him lately. While Freeman is on the mend, both Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will be in line for enhanced roles out of the backfield.

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<![CDATA[Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman (groin, IR) is]]> Devonta Freeman (groin, IR) is a candidate to return this season. Freeman underwent groin surgery on Thursday. He is not eligible to return until Week 15, and it is unlikely the Falcons bring him back unless their playoff chances look quite a bit better than they do now. [...]]]> 5334104 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 9:21:11 EDT <![CDATA[Listen: Dan Quinn talks about Falcons RB situation]]> Devonta Freeman on the injured reserve list, the team has to get more production from backups Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith.

Coach Dan Quinn was on Sirius XM NFL Radio recently and talked about the team’s situation at running back.

#Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn joined Movin' the Chains and spoke about Devonta Freeman's injury and how he thinks Ito Smith will fit into the offense.]]> 5333547 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:03:01 EDT Falcons Wire
<![CDATA[Falcons have decisions to make at running back for the future]]> Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in the Falcons' backfield? Vaughn McClure breaks it down.]]> 5333202 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:51:01 EDT espnnflblog <![CDATA[The Falcons’ rushing attack will be just fine, even without Devonta Freeman]]> Devonta Freeman for the rest of the season due to a groin injury, but his trip to the Injured Reserve isn't what's limiting the Falcons' rushing attack.]]> 5333194 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:45:01 EDT ProFootballFocus <![CDATA[Devonta Freeman scheduled for groin surgery]]> Devonta Freeman went on injured reserve Tuesday with foot and groin injuries. Now comes news from Vaughn McClure of ESPN that Freeman will undergo surgery on his groin Thursday in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers, the go-to surgeon for athletes with core injuries, presumably is the doctor performing the surgery. Freeman had an [more]]]> 5332739 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:18:01 EDT <![CDATA[Ito Smith ready to pick up slack with Devonta Freeman out]]> Devonta Freeman on injured reserve Wednesday. Not to worry, rookie Ito Smith says, because the Falcons’ running game is in good hands. “I think we can be way better, man,” Smith said, via Vaughn McClure of [more]]]> 5332678 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:54:01 EDT <![CDATA[Ito Smith value moving forward]]> The big news today is that Devonta Freeman will be placed on IR due to a groin injury. That means it's up to Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith moving forward to carry the workload in the backfield.

So what should you expect from Ito Smith? According to the Atlanta Falcons Target/Touch leaders, the amount of touches headed Smith's way will mean that he needs to be rostered in all leagues.

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<![CDATA[Will have groin surgery Thursday]]> Freeman will undergo groin surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Coach Dan Quinn went into detail about Freeman's health Tuesday, when the running back was placed on IR. "Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area," Quinn told Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site. "As the week went on it continued so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks." As Quinn noted, Freeman will have a chance to return this season, which could happen as early as Week 15 versus the Cardinals. While Freeman focuses on his recovery, the Falcons will continue to use Tevin Coleman as the primary back and Ito Smith in a complementary role.

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<![CDATA[ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports Devonta Freeman (injured reserve)]]> Devonta Freeman (injured reserve) will undergo groin surgery on Thursday. Freeman injured both his foot and groin in his Week 5 return against the Steelers. [...]]]> 5332601 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:24:25 EDT <![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons placing RB Devonta Freeman on injured reserve]]> Devonta Freeman, who has been plagued by groin and foot injuries, will be placed on injured reserve, but the team is hopeful he can return this season.]]> 5332539 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:18:01 EDT ESPN <![CDATA[Reviewing 4 options for the Falcons with Devonta Freeman out]]>
According to a report by Jay Glazer at FOX, Atlanta will be putting starting running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve. Freeman has been bothered by several injuries since the start of the season, so shutting him down at least for now makes sense.

What comes next at the running back position?

Here’s a few options for the Falcons, none of which are particularly satisfying.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images]]> 5332495 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:27:01 EDT Falcons Wire
<![CDATA[Falcons announce Devonta Freeman to IR]]> Devonta Freeman on injured reserve. Freeman injured his foot and groin against the Steelers in Week 5. He has played only two games this season, with 19 touches for 91 yards. “Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought [more]]]> 5332489 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:24:01 EDT