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Falcons practice report: Tevin Coleman may miss 2 weeks

It’s not terribly surprising, but the dynamic running back may miss more time than initially expected.

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As you know, Tevin Coleman is unlikely to be able to play on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 7 against the San Diego Chargers. Coleman’s absence was felt after he was removed from the game, and he’ll also be missed on Sunday. It’s looking like he also may miss next Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted that Coleman’s injury isn’t serious, but that it’s a quick turnaround for Thursday Night Football. Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley will be battling for the privilege of being on the active roster this week against the Green Bay Packers, and perhaps for next week against the Bucs, too.

The other bad news on the running backs front is that Devonta Freeman was limited on Wednesday with a hip injury. If Coleman is out and Freeman is not 100 percent, that’s a little troubling for Sunday.

It’s not all bad news for Coleman. Quinn said prior to practice that he’s improving and had been able to participate a bit in the team’s walk through.

“He’s feeling better, for sure,” Quinn said. “I won’t get into the degrees of (the injury), but we’re hopeful (the recovery is) going to be shorter (rather than) longer. He felt good today. He’ll participate in some running and rehab.”

On Wednesday, only Coleman and Dwight Freeney were held out of practice. Freeney typically does not practice on Wednesdays, but this week the reason is listed as a quadricep injury as opposed to non-injury related, so that’s something to monitor this week.

Cornerback/special teamer C.J. Goodwin (hamstring) and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (concussion) returned to the practice field on Wednesday. Both players missed Sunday’s game with their respective injuries.

Tackle Jake Matthews (wrist) and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (groin) were both full participants in Wednesday’s practice.

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