Two players are out in Week 15 for the Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 26: Tevin Coleman
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 26: Tevin Coleman /

Atlanta Falcons will be missing two key players in Week 15. How will their absence impact the team in a must win game for Atlanta?

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has been in concussion protocol since Atlanta’s Week 14 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In that game, Coleman sustained a concussion in the first half. He participated in non-contact practice routes yesterday, but the team has announced that he will not suit up for their Week 15 Monday night game vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This update was in part provided by ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Starting running back Devonta Freeman will carry most of the work load with Terron Ward backing him up against Tampa Bay. Coleman usually has a significant role in one of the NFL’s best backfield combos. Coleman started for three straight games at the midpoint of the season because Freeman had concussion problems of his own.

Thus far this season, Coleman has rushed for seven touchdowns.

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Falcons guard Andy Levitre‘s triceps injury will also hold him out of the Bucs game. Atlanta’s Ben Garland will be starting at left guard in Levitre’s place. This will be Garland’s second start of the season. Atlanta wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was limited in practice with a knee injury but he will be good to go on Monday night. He was limited in practice on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Per McClure, Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn will play against the Bucs despite dealing with a hamstring injury this week.

Also, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will not play against the Falcons due to a right biceps injury. Tampa linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III will also be out on Monday night.

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The Falcons look to continue to solidify their playoff hopes and improve their record to 9-5 with a key win on the road in Tampa Bay on Monday night, but multiple players will need to step up on Atlanta’s side in order to make up for missing personnel.