Coleman may return on Wednesday


Running back Tevin Coleman, who suffered fractured rib against the New York Giants on Sept. 20, may return to practice on Wednesday.

“We’re hopeful, we’ll probably be able to get him for sure some work on starting Wednesday,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Monday. “We are hoping that he’ll be back with us.”

With Coleman out, Devonta Freeman has taken over at running back. He had 193 yards from scrimmage against the Cowboys and 149 against the Texans, while scoring six touchdowns.

When Coleman returns, the Falcons still plan to split up the load at running back.

“It would (affect Freeman’s workload) to a certain degree, but we have such good confidence in Devonta that he’s going to make the opportunities count,” Quinn said. “His toughness, his (ability to) finish. He plays with such a physical style with him. We have a heck of a one-two combination between Devonta and Tevin.”

Before getting injured, Coleman started against the Eagles and the Giants. He ran with a bruising style that may have led to the injury.

Quinn is not worried about his style of running.

”He’s just a physical player, who he dishes out a lot (of punishment) too with the way he delivers the blows as opposed to catching them,” Quinn said. “Both of them are real physical backs.”


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