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Devonta Freeman to miss Week 11 game vs. Seahawks after second concussion

Tevin Coleman will be seeing an increased work load.

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The Falcons will be going into next week’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Seahawks without Devonta Freeman, who suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday.

Freeman took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the first quarter of the Falcons’ 27-7 win against the Dallas Cowboys. The team was able to go on without him, with the Cowboys’ offensive line suffering a huge hole with the absence of Tyron Smith. His replacement, Chaz Green, allowed five of Adrian Clayborn’s six sacks on the afternoon.

Freeman tweeted thanks on Twitter for those reaching out to him:

What does this mean for the Falcons? Freeman’s absence could be big. Tevin Coleman is a good running back, but there’s a reason Freeman became the highest-paid running back in the NFL during the offseason.

Freeman has made the Pro Bowl in the two seasons he’s played since his rookie year, rushing for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in both years. Coming into Week 10’s game against the Cowboys, he was on pace to match those numbers yet again.

But according to Adam Schefter, it appears that streak could very well be in jeopardy:

Can Tevin Coleman be a formidable replacement? He hasn’t shown that he can’t. Coleman isn’t just talented out of the backfield, but he’s also great in the receiving game. Coleman has averaged 4.6 yards per carry though his career, and had 11 total touchdowns just last season. Against the Cowboys in relief of Freeman, Coleman had 20 carries with 83 yards and one touchdown.

Atlanta’s offense has struggled this season, but it had to have helped getting a win over a Cowboys team that had been playing well as of late. Sure, they were without the best left tackle in football and Ezekiel Elliott, but the Falcons needed any kind of easy win. They’ll try to keep that momentum going into one of the NFL’s toughest environments in Seattle.