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Falcons injury news: Devonta Freeman’s foot not long-term, but unsure if he plays week 6 against Buccaneers

The back will be back sooner rather than later.

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2018 has turned into an unending slew of injuries to countless key players, and Devonta Freeman is no exception. He finished out Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers without any known issues, then popped up midweek with a foot injury that kept him out of practice.

Freeman’s injury was later reported as a foot contusion. Per Google, that’s basically a bad, painful bruise. That is not preferable, but per ESPN’s Dan Graziano, not nearly as bad as the bone contusion that kept him out three games.

While fans are likely more concerned about the potential return of Grady Jarrett to a struggling defensive line, Freeman should provide another weapon against Mike Smith’s vanilla defense.

Today’s injury report will be pretty important, but Freeman is the type of established veteran that does not have to practice to play on Sunday.