• Devonta Freeman placed in concussion protocol, will miss Sunday's game

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was held out of practice Monday morning and placed in the league’s concussion protocol.

    In addition, Freeman will miss the Falcons’ second preseason game this weekend.

    Freeman, who was recently made the highest-paid running back in the NFL, left Sunday’s practice early.

    “I didn’t think he was going to come back. He had some heat stuff that he dealt with from the first practice and again (Sunday),” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said Sunday.

    Freeman, who signed a 5-year $41.25 million contract extension last week, has been one of the NFL’s best running backs over the past two seasons.

    The Falcons play the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday at 4 p.m. They’ll then open the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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