The Atlanta Falcons offense took a precipitous dive after Tevin Coleman left the game yesterday. From that point forward, they just weren't the same. It felt different. So it's perfectly natural that Falcons fans are freaking out, wondering what we will do in Coleman's absence Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Head coach Dan Quinn is a straight shooter, and from his perspective, this is something Coleman can quickly overcome.(Credit to Vaughn McClure for the quote.)
"He's dealt with these strains before and he is a fast healer,'' Quinn said. "So we'll find out how long he'll be out.'' Quinn said the team is likely to look internally for help at running back, with starter Devonta Freeman the only other back on the active roster. Terron Ward is on the practice squad. "We're discussing that big this afternoon,'' Quinn said. "Fortunately for us, Ward is here, and he's somebody that's got game experience in the system and somebody that we can totally rely on.''
As we know, sources are reporting that Coleman is unlikely to play on Sunday. That's, in a word, disappointing. But it's by no means catastrophic. As Quinn points out, there's a guy named Devonta Freeman on the roster that's plenty capable. Terron Ward also showed us something (while injured) with his gutsy play in the fourth preseason game.