Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion.
According to ESPN, Freeman, whose 11 touchdowns are tied for the league lead with Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert, will miss a key game for Atlanta. The Falcons have lost four of five since a 5-0 start, and now face a Minnesota team that will be trying to regain first place in the NFC North.
Freeman sustained the injury in last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and was limited to three carries for 43 yards. Tevin Coleman replaced him, rushing 17 times for 48 yards and losing a fumble.
Coleman began the season as the starter, but is averaging 3.9 yards per carry as opposed to Freeman’s 4.6, and has only caught one pass out of the backfield while Freeman averages nearly five per game.
Terron Ward and fullback Patrick DiMarco will be Atlanta’s other options for carrying the ball, although neither has impressed in limited action.
That will put more pressure on Matt Ryan, who has thrown nine touchdowns and six interceptions during the five-game slump, and Atlanta’s run defense. The Falcons have allowed 324 yards rushing in the last three weeks, and will now be facing the league’s leading rushing, Adrian Peterson.