Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is less than two years removed from collegiate football. He hasn't been a professional for very long. But that said, he's used to getting hit. It's something he seemingly invites. On the play that resulted in the concussion he's currently recovering from, Freeman lowered his shoulder, fearlessly taking on the defender.
All that said, the concussion protocol is there for a reason. The health and well-being of the players is more important than winning. This is 2015, not 1985. The Mothership's Kelsey Conway broke down the steps Freeman has to go through in this article. She also threw in this encouraging tidbit.
Quinn remains positive on the matter saying the running back is "off to a good start" as he begins protocol while complimenting his competitive style of play.
Freeman is one of Atlanta's most dynamic players and has proved to be a force in the run and pass game with 1,184 total yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.
This is a bit of a balancing act. Freeman needs to fully recover. The Falcons also need to win some games before their season goes down the drain. In truth, even if the Falcons make the playoffs, they probably aren't built for a lengthy postseason run. I'd rather they take a cautious approach with Freeman, play it smart. The risk doesn't justify the potential reward.