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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman still in concussion protocol, could miss game vs. Bucs

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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman remains in concussion protocol, threatening his status for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Freeman suffered the concussion on the second play of Atlanta’s win over Dallas on Nov. 12 and missed last week’s 34-31 win at Seattle.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn would not reveal which stage of the protocol Freeman’s in at this point.

“Hopefully, we’ll get another shift in it this week,” Quinn said of Freeman’s status.

According to ESPN, Freeman feels ready to play but won’t lobby for a return. He’s also considering switching to the VICIS helmet, designed to reduce the impact on the head. This is Freeman’s third concussion as a member of the Falcons and second in three months.

Tevin Coleman will be the primary running back until Freeman returns. Coleman started against the Seahawks and managed just 43 rushing yards on 20 carries against a tough defensive front. But Coleman scored a touchdown in a 34-31 win and had another 3-yard score wiped away after a review determined Coleman was short of the end zone.

The Falcons currently rank 14th in the NFL in rushing at 113.7 rushing yards per game. They’ll face a Buccaneers defense, led by Gerald McCoy, that ranks 13th against the run in allowing 107.2 yard per game.

Freeman, punter Matt Bosher (left ankle) and offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo (hamstring strain) were held out of Wednesday’s practice.

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