ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who did not play in Sunday’s 17-13 exhibition loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, is unsure if he will return for Saturday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Freeman did not play against the Steelers because he was going through concussion protocol after being banged up in practice.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn talked about the status of Freeman’s return for Saturday’s game following the loss to the Steelers, saying he wasn’t sure yet, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
"I don’t know yet," Quinn said. "He stayed back home this weekend. We will get rolling in with him tomorrow. He is looking up for sure. I talked to him (Sunday) morning and he was excited to see the guys play. ... He asked what the meeting was like (Saturday) night, just wanting to know everything. He is that just that kind of teammate. It really bothers him that he isn’t here with his teammates."
Last season, Freeman rushed for 1,079 yards on 227 carries and 11 touchdowns for the Falcons in their epic Super Bowl run.
Freeman, who recently earned a four-year, 441.25 million contract extension, could likely sit out until the regular season opener on Sept. 10 at Chicago. In the meantime, this will allow the Falcons staff to continue to watch backup running back Tevin Coleman, and the level of play and contribution from running backs Terron Ward and Brian Hill, who are vying for the third running back position.
"The third running back is a really important one,” Quinn said. “Not only do you have to say, 'Not only do I have to step up and play when capable, but I also have to make an impact on the team.' I love Terron Ward’s toughness. ... He started on all four special teams kickoffs and punt returns. His toughness showed. So we will go back and take a look."
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