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Tevin Coleman injury: Starting RB will be out alongside Brooks Reed, Devin Hester

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The Falcons will be without a handful of key players this week, though two of the names are familiar.

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The latest injury report should be official soon, but it looks like there are three players who will certainly be out Sunday against the Cowboys, and Tevin Coleman is one of them.

Coleman is obviously the biggest name on the list, and his absence will be felt. I believe Devonta Freeman is capable of better games than he's delivered the first two weeks, and he may well wow us with a the starting role to himself. Even so, Coleman is the fastest runner on the team, and he was playing very well before going down with a rib injury last week. It's unclear how much time he'll miss, but he needs at least a little rest to get that rib healed up, so he'll be out of this one. Let's hope Freeman and Terron Ward carry the load capably.

Reed was back to practice this week, which is encouraging, but he was an extreme longshot to play against the Cowboys. Kroy Biermann, O'Brien Schofield and perhaps Joplo Bartu will combine to fill his snaps, and they've largely done a fine job thus far.

Hester continues to battle turf toe, which means the team is without its de facto fourth wide receiver and returner. Eric Weems is maybe 1/20th of the returner Hester is, which means that's where the Falcons will miss him the most. It's possible they'll give Justin Hardy or Nick Williams a chance back there this week, but we'll hope Hester is back and wreaking his special brand of special teams havoc by Week 4.

Everyone else will be listed as probable, including the phenomenal Julio Jones. That means Malliciah Goodman will return after a week's absence and join the rotation along the defensive line, where he'll hopefully be helpful against the likes of Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.