Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman will miss Sunday’s game against the undefeated Carolina Panthers after suffering a concussion earlier this week.
The team announced Friday that Coleman remains in the league’s concussion protocol because of the injury, sustained when he slipped and fell in the shower at the team’s practice facility on Wednesday.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said he expects Coleman to return for the season finale on Jan. 3 against New Orleans.
“Only based on the fact that he was doing better today,” Quinn said. “So he’s seeing the docs every day and going through the protocol. Just straight bummer for him, man. I’m anticipating moving forward from here just kind of incrementally getting better as it goes.”
The rookie from Indiana has carried 87 times for 392 yards – an impressive 4.5 yards per carry – and one touchdown. His best game was against Minnesota, when he rushed 18 times for 110 yards while starting in place of Devonta Freeman.
Freeman will start against the 14-0 Panthers, with Terron Ward serving as the No. 2 back.