Atlanta Falcons: Tevin Coleman dealing with concussion

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Tevin Coleman
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Tevin Coleman /

Not all the Atlanta Falcons came out of the Thursday Night Football game ok, running back Tevin Coleman is dealing with a concussion suffered in the win

The Atlanta Falcons got a hug win on Thursday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, but not every player walked away without injury. Backup running back Tevin Coleman left in the fourth quarter of the win, and is now in the concussion protocol.

If it sounds familiar, it’s because it is. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, this is the sixth player on the team to deal with such an issue — the biggest name of that bunch would be starting running back Devonta Freeman.

Others who have dealt with the problem include linebacker Jordan Tripp, cornerback Desmond Trufant, safety Ricardo Allen and right tackle Ryan Schraeder.

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The Falcons do have some extra time off thanks to playing Thursday night, so Coleman does have some extra time to recover. If he misses the game, Atlanta will turn to Terron Ward as the primary backup to Freeman.

So far in 2017, Coleman has rushed for 561 yards and five touchdowns for the Falcons. He filled in nicely for Atlanta while they were without Freeman.

He’s also a great receiver out of the backfield evidenced by his 52 receptions over the past two seasons.

Atlanta faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15 and they’re currently one game out of first place in the AFC South, with three in-division games remaining.

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They have a rematch with the Saints in Week 16 and could potentially be trying to lock up a playoff spot — or maybe the South title — with a Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers.