Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has cleared the concussion protocol and is set to return to practice, coach Dan Quinn said during an appearance on 92.9 The Game on Wednesday.
After suffering a concussion in the first quarter of the team’s Week 10 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Freeman was forced to miss the past two games due to the head injury. It was his third concussion since August 2015.
The two-time Pro Bowl was back on the practice field last week, but he wore a no-contact jersey while still in the final stages of the protocol. Freeman tried out the innovative VICIS helmet, which is designed to reduce impact on the head, but it doesn’t appear he intends to use it upon returning to action.
Freeman has 515 rushing yards on 116 carries with five rushing touchdowns this season. He also has 19 catches for 137 yards.
While Freeman was out, Tevin Coleman started the past two games, rushing 97 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 19 carries in last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.