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Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman, Brooks Reed injuries: Trio returns to Falcons practice Monday

The Falcons are getting key players back on the practice field, which is good news for all of us.

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Dan Quinn told us that Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman should be back against the Jets, and it appears they're at least on the right track to suit up.

For those wondering why the Falcons would sign Evan Royster versus a more well-known back, this is your answer. If Coleman, Freeman or both can make it back against New York, chances are good the Falcons will trim an RB or two off the roster between now and Friday. Both are dealing with hamstring injuries, and should be locked into a close battle for the starting job once they've both officially returned. This is a great start.

Getting Reed back on the practice field is also good, after a mercurial groin kept him off the practice field for most of the offseason. He may need to knock off some rust in the days and weeks ahead, but he's penciled in as the starting outside linebacker opposite Justin Durant, and he'll be there barring a setback.

Finally, Cliff Matthews gets the opportunity to make up lost ground after being limited the last couple of weeks. He'll be competing for a reserve role on a pretty crowded defensive line, but his run stopping and special teams ability have kept him around for a long time now, so I wouldn't be keen to bet against him sticking.

Antone Smith is likely to miss this week's game with his hamstring ailment, while Desmond Trufant will be a coin flip. The team should and will proceed cautiously with both, especially given how critical Trufant is to the defense in general.

Thoughts on this injury report?