Player News - Falcons

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ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports Devonta Freeman (injured reserve) will undergo groin surgery on Thursday.

Freeman injured both his foot and groin in his Week 5 return against the Steelers. He mulled playing through the groin issue but opted to go under the knife. He will be a candidate for return from injured reserve but must sit a minimum of eight weeks. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith could form a near-even committee in Freeman's absence.
Oct 16 - 5:15 PM

Falcons placed RB Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) on injured reserve.

Having just returned from a three-game absence with a knee injury in Week 5, Freeman promptly injured his foot. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports he's undergoing groin surgery, however. Per Rapsheet, Freeman will be a candidate for return. He must miss a minimum of eight games. That means even if he comes back, his fantasy season is functionally over. Tevin Coleman slides into the Falcons' 1A role with fourth-round rookie Ito Smith occupying the 1B. Both should see plenty of work. Coleman, who has struggled this year, will be an RB2. There might not be much separation between him and Smith. Freeman has now missed 6-of-22 games since signing a six-year, $43.088 million contract in August 2017. It's fair to wonder if the 5-foot-8 back is starting to break down at age 26.
Oct 16 - 2:02 PM

Falcons signed K Giorgio Tavecchio.

Tavecchio will replace Matt Bryant, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. Tavecchio spent time with Atlanta during training camp.
Oct 16 - 11:49 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is "hopeful" Mohamed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle) will be ready for Week 7.

The Falcons will be hosting the Giants for Monday Night Football, so they have an extra day to get healthy. Sanu's issue appears to be a minor aggravation of a previous ailment, while Ridley has a bone bruise. The Falcons will issue their first injury report on Thursday.
Oct 15 - 3:39 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is optimistic DT Grady Jarrett (ankle) can return for Week 7.

"We're hopeful that we'll have Grady back this week," Quinn said. Jarrett has missed the past two games. His return would be a rare bit of good news for the Falcons' injury-destroyed defense. Jarrett is a difference-maker in the middle.
Oct 15 - 3:33 PM

The Falcons will be without K Matt Bryant (hamstring) for Week 7.

Bryant strained his hamstring against the Bucs. The 43-year-old kicker has dealt with a few minor ailments over the past year. Coach Dan Quinn hinted free agent Giorgio Tavecchio will take Bryant's place for Week 7.
Oct 15 - 3:27 PM

The Falcons expect Devonta Freeman (foot) to remain sidelined for Week 7.

The quick rule out suggests Freeman is not close to returning. It's officially a lost season for the 26-year-old back, who just signed a lucrative extension in August 2017. Tevin Coleman has been ineffective in Freeman's absence, but his workload keeps him in the RB2 mix. Perhaps Ito Smith will see more Week 7 run, though he also struggled against the Bucs.
Oct 15 - 3:26 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure reports Calvin Ridley (ankle) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise.

Coach Dan Quinn is "hopeful" Ridley will be ready for Week 7. Per McClure, Ridley's MRI "came back pretty clean." It sounds like there's a real chance Ridley could suit up against the G-Men, though the Falcons are headed on bye in Week 8. Teams often opt for caution and maximum rest in that situation. Ridley's status will be updated no later than Thursday when the Falcons return to practice.
Oct 15 - 1:54 PM

Austin Hooper hauled in 9-of-10 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

It is Hooper's second game in a row with nine catches after failing to top seven in any of his first 34 games. His touchdown came on a delay route where he was left wide open in the flat and stiffed armed a corner to the ground on his way into the end zone. He also came up with a big third-down conversion on the Falcons' final drive to help set up a field goal. With Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip) questionable, Hooper will be a back-end TE1 next week.
Oct 14 - 5:34 PM

Julio Jones hauled in 10-of-14 targets for 143 yards in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

Jones remained allergic to the end zone even with Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu leaving early, but that did not stop him from making play after play against the Bucs' overmatched secondary. He was seemingly running free all game, and he converted several big third downs throughout. Even with a couple down games thrown in, Jones is on pace for 1,885 yards through six games. A touchdown or two would be nice, but Jones remains a high-end WR1.
Oct 14 - 5:34 PM

Ito Smith rushed 11 times for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

He "added" negative-one yard on two catches. Smith mostly went backward against Tampa, but he got loose on a wonderfully blocked play for a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He now has three touchdowns in as many games. He will be in the FLEX conversation next week if Devonta Freeman sits.
Oct 14 - 5:32 PM

Tevin Coleman rushed 10 times for 35 yards and hauled in 1-of-2 targets for six yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

Coleman looked like he was going to disappoint fantasy players for most of this game. He failed to create any big plays on the ground, and he lost 11 carries and a touchdown to Ito Smith. Thankfully, he saved his fantasy day with a six-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Coleman remains a starter any time Freeman sits, but Smith's involvement means he will be more of an RB2 moving forward.
Oct 14 - 5:31 PM

Matt Ryan completed 31-of-41 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

Ryan came out firing, completing all five of his passes on the opening drive for 74 yards and a touchdown and 11-of-11 for 125 yards in the first quarter, and he did not slow down from there. The offense did have a lull in the third quarter, but Ryan was hitting open receivers all game and answered Tampa's comeback attempt with two scoring drives of his own. Ryan has now thrown for at least 350 yards in three of his last four games. He will be a high-end QB1 next week against the Giants.
Oct 14 - 4:16 PM

Mohamed Sanu exited Week 6 against the Bucs with a hip injury.

He missed practice time this week with a hip injury, and he appeared to aggravate the issue in the third quarter. He was shown standing on the sidelines after suffering the injury, but he never returned. Sanu finished with two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Oct 14 - 3:19 PM

Calvin Ridley (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Bucs.

Ridley tried to work out his ankle on the sideline after suffering the injury in the first half, but he was ruled out after the break. He finishes with three catches for 47 yards. Justin Hardy has been playing in his place in three-wide sets.
Oct 14 - 2:46 PM


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