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Devonta Freeman practicing, but still not cleared for contact

We remain dubious about his chances to play Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As of yesterday afternoon, the Falcons didn’t look like they would have Devonta Freeman on Sunday. While we probably won’t get final confirmation until tomorrow or even Sunday, we don’t expect him to suit up against the Buccaneers.

That’s because Freeman remains in the league’s concussion protocol, and both the league and the team have a vested interest in getting this one right and ensuring Freeman is as good as he possibly can be before putting him back on the field. He’s suffered two concussions in the last few months, and putting him back on the field too quickly could make an already bad situation worse.

Monitor Freeman’s status over the next few days, just in case he gets a surprise clearance to play, but expect Tevin Coleman to be the workhorse back once again versus Tampa Bay. He and Terron Ward shouldn’t have a ton of trouble racking up yardage in this one.