Falcons RB Devonta Freeman in concussion protocol

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2017

Less than a week after becoming the NFL's highest-paid running back, Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons was placed in the league's concussion protocol.

As it turns out, he has a different problem.

Coach Dan Quinn says Freeman has a concussion and is now in the league's protocol.

Quinn added that he's not sure Freeman will be out for the rest of the preseason, per ESPN.com.

After forking over $41.25 million over the next five years for Freeman's services, there is absolutely zero reason to insert him back into preseason football. Quinn initially thought the running back was dealing with a heat-related issue. "We have a real at competition at running back, and I am trying to find out a bit about a lot of guys".

Freeman has rushed for more than 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

"He's not going to get a ton of reps this preseason", Quinn said. The top candidates are Terron Ward, who had some carries behind Coleman with the starters, and rookie Brian Hill. Ward had a rushing touchdown on Thursday against the Miami Dolphins and was the team's leading rusher with 48 yards.

It's uncertain when Freeman will return to the field.

The team was elated that Freeman, a fourth-round pick from Florida State in the 2014 draft, didn't hold out or cause any more distractions like his agent did during the week of Super Bowl LI.

Quinn said he didn't need to see much more from Freeman in the preseason. The speed that he plays with not just in the run game, but the pass game as well.

"We've got plenty of guys here", Quinn said. He also had 54 receptions and two touchdown receptions.

Receiver Julio Jones returned to full 11-on-11 drills on Sunday after being limited at the start of camp after having foot surgery.

Jermaine Grace and Martin Ifedi each were limited on Sunday. Ifiedi has an ankle injury.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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