Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn confirmed Friday that cornerback Desmond Trufant, running back Tevin Coleman and tight end Jacob Tamme will all be held out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Trufant is dealing with a shoulder injury he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9, and initial reports were not encouraging. After Trufant received a second opinion, he was listed as day-to-day. He did some rehab work this week, but he’s not quite ready to go, so he will sit out on Sunday.
Coleman has a hamstring injury, which sidelined him during Atlanta’s Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers, and he has been out ever since. Coleman is also coming along and participated in some rehab running this week, but Quinn said his explosiveness has not returned. Coleman will hopefully be back to full strength after the bye.
Tamme suffered a shoulder injury against the Packers, and it’s less encouraging news for him. Quinn said Tamme has not yet had surgery, but he is considering it. It’s unclear right now what the timetable may be for Tamme’s return.
The only other player listed on this week’s injury report was Dwight Freeney, who was upgraded to full practice on Thursday and is expected to be at full strength for Sunday’s game.
Quinn said that Jalen Collins and C.J. Goodwin will fill in for Trufant. Devonta Freeman, of course, will get the bulk of the carries for the Falcons, with Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley ready to help out, and Austin Hooper will get the start in Tamme’s place.
It’s not ideal to be without Trufant and Coleman against the Eagles, but getting them back after the bye fully healthy would make it worthwhile.