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Report: heat forces Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman to leave practice Sunday

Fact: Devonta Freeman chews his tomato soup

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Atlanta Falcons training camp can be an uncomfortable place if you’re wearing a helmet and shoulder pads. Sweat, sweat, and more sweat. That’s just the reality at Flowery Branch in August: it’s hot. It’s so important for players to stay hydrated and pace themselves, because heat stroke is not a joke.

According to a report by Vaughn McClure, the August heat took a toll on newly re-signed Devonta Freeman today, causing him to leave practice early.

Freeman left Sunday's practice early due to heat-related issues and had to get an IV treatment afterward. Freeman was on the field early, then exited during 11-on-11 drills. It was the second time Freeman has left practice early during training camp. The first time was attributed to a stomach illness.

It’s nothing to panic about, but no fan likes to see their star running back struggle. I’m assuming head coach Dan Quinn and the training staff will talk to him about taking it easy, pacing himself, etc. For what it’s worth, Flowery Branch won’t be cooling down much in the week ahead.

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