Falcons’ RB Tevin Coleman out against Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have announced that RB Tevin Coleman will be out for this weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Coleman has a hamstring injury. He’s been missing practice all week and did not look likely to go.

Atlanta still has top back Devonta Freeman, and they added both Terron Ward and former Patriots’ RB Stevan Ridley this week. They’re going to use those two as their depth backs, with Freeman getting the majority of the carries. Unless injury strikes again, the team should be able to keep their high-ranked offense rolling.

Though reports have been pointing to a potential two-week absence for Coleman, it hasn’t been all doom and gloom from head coach Dan Quinn, who said:

“He’s feeling better, for sure. I won’t get into the degrees of (the injury), but we’re hopeful (the recovery is) going to be shorter (rather than) longer. He felt good today. He’ll participate in some running and rehab.”

Coleman has been a factor on the ground and in the air attack. He has taken 59 carries and turned them into 234 yards, and he’s also caught 19 passes. Most impressively, despite not being the top back, he’s scored five rushing touchdowns. He added another TD through the air.

That’s a big jump from last season. He ran for 392 yards in 12 games, but he only scored once on the ground and didn’t catch a single TD pass. Finding the endzone six times in less than half a season shows that he’s one of the best depth players that the Falcons have.

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