Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Date of Birth:  03/15/1992
Age:  28
Height  5'8"
Weight:   206
College:  Florida State
Drafted:  2014 | Round 4 | Pick 103
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Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Bills are signing Devonta Freeman to their practice squad.

Freeman was recently released off injured reserve by the Giants, and he lands in a good spot for a Bills team in the postseason. With Zack Moss unfortunately done for the postseason, it wouldn't be a surprise if Freeman picks up the offense and works his way onto the gameday roster if Buffalo keeps advancing.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Giants waived Devonta Freeman.

Freeman led the Giants backfield for a brief time after he was added to the roster following Saquon Barkley's season-ending knee injury, but an ankle injury forced him onto injured reserve and out of the rotation for most of the year. The former Falcons starter should benefit if the NFL has a normal offseason and he can land with a team in the spring or early summer.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (ankle) has officially been designated to return from injured reserve.

Freeman now has a 21-day window to be activated from injured reserve, which can happen as soon as this Sunday night's Week 15 matchup with the Browns. However, Wayne Gallman has taken control of the Giants backfield, so Freeman can probably be left on waiver wires in fantasy leagues.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Giants are placing Devonta Freeman (ankle) on injured reserve, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Freeman re-aggravated his ankle injury in practice this week, and he will now miss at least the next three games. Look for Wayne Gallman to continue leading the New York backfield with Alfred Morris and Dion Lewis mixing in; all three are risky plays this week for a tough matchup against the Eagles.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman aggravated his ankle injury today at practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The aggravation is minor and Freeman still hopes to return Sunday, but this obviously makes those chances less likely. Even if he ends up suiting up, this news puts more of a damper on Freeman's outlook against the Eagles, and he wouldn't be anything more than a desperation FLEX option.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (ankle) is officially out for Week 9.

Freeman was able to practice on a limited basis this week, but the Giants aren’t going to rush him back to the lineup. This is Freeman’s second consecutive missed game. Wayne Gallman, Dion Lewis, and Alfred Morris will continue to handle the Giants backfield work.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (ankle) was officially limited in today's practice.

Freeman has a shot to return this Sunday against Washington, and we'll let you know how he's listed on the final Week 9 injury report when it's out tomorrow.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Monday night.

This isn't a huge surprise after Freeman was unable to finish Week 7's Thursday night loss to the Eagles. Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis will lead the Giants backfield against the Bucs on Monday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (ankle) officially did not practice today.

The Giants play on Monday night this week, so unless some positive news develops tomorrow or Saturday, Freeman will likely be difficult to trust in Week 8 fantasy lineups—which might be the case regardless against an elite Buccaneers defense.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (ankle) is officially questionable to return for the Giants.

It’s unclear when Freeman was hurt, but we’re now into the fourth quarter, so we’ll see if the veteran runner is able to return tonight.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Giants are signing Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Network.

This is pending COVID-19 testing, but everything is expected to go well. It took a while for Freeman to sign, but he now figures to get a nice opportunity with the Giants after Saquon Barkley's unfortunate season-ending knee injury. Freeman will be one of the top waiver-wire pickups ahead of Week 3, but Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman will also remain in the mix in the Giants backfield.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Falcons are releasing Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Networks' Ian Rapoport.

Atlanta also released top cornerback Desmond Trufant this morning, as the team is clearly in cap-saving mode ahead of free agency. This move has been somewhat expected, and now the Falcons will be in search of a new starting running back this offseason. Freeman just turned 28 years old yesterday, and he should draw a good amount of interest on the open market.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman scores twice in Falcons' win.

Freeman carried 13 times for 53 yards and one touchdowns along with nine receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown as the Falcons handled the Jaguars in Week 16. Atlanta's starting running back did some serious damage early in the game, putting up two first-quarter touchdowns versus a Jacksonville defense that looked really bad. The Jaguars did tighten up on Freeman for the rest of the contest, but fantasy owners that trusted him were rewarded with an excellent performance in championship matchups. Freeman faces a stingier Buccaneers defense to finish up the regular season next week.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman will play tomorrow night.

After missing the last two games with a foot injury, Freeman is back in the lineup for the Falcons as they look to beat the rival Saints on Thanksgiving Night. Atlanta probably would not be playing Freeman if he wasn't ready to go at near 100%, so expect him to get a solid workload for Week 13.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) is officially out for Week 12.

Freeman was expected to miss a couple of weeks with his foot injury, and now the hope is that he can get ready to go for Thanksgiving Night against the Saints. We'll monitor Freeman's status next week. None of Atlanta's running backs are highly recommended fantasy options against a tough Bucs run defense this Sunday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) could miss about two weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

So it sounds like Freeman avoided an injury that puts the rest of his season in danger, but keep in mind Rapoport says the injury "affects the toe more than the foot." Expect Freeman to miss Week 11 against the Panthers, and he'll likely also miss Week 12. The best-case scenario might be Freeman being able to return to face the Saints on Thanksgiving night. On a team that wants to run the ball, Freeman is worth holding on your roster if you have space.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.

Hopefully this injury isn't too serious that it keeps Freeman out for an extended period of time, but Freeman's afternoon is done. Before leaving, Freeman had ten carries for 38 yards along with three receptions for ten yards. Brian Hill has been handling most of the backfield work during Freeman's absence.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) is officially questionable to return against the Saints.

Freeman has handled 13 touches at this point, and he figured to be a big part of the second half as the Falcons look to hold on to this lead against the Saints. We'll update you as more information becomes available on the veteran running back's status.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman has been ejected against the Rams.

Freeman was fighting with Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, as the two were holding each other by the helmet. In the scuffle, Freeman attempted to throw a punch at Donald, which was dodged; but the intent was enough that the officials decided to throw him out of the game. It's unfortunate that Freeman is ejected for a punch that did not even land, but it's a tough loss for both the Falcons and fantasy owners. Before leaving, Freeman had seven carries for 19 yards and two receptions for six yards.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman scores twice in Week 6.

Freeman carried 19 times for 88 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta's 34-33 loss at Arizona. This was a shootout that most skill position players benefited by playing in, but this was still a very promising outing by Freeman, who now has three touchdowns in his last couple of games after not scoring in the first four games of the season. After basically getting shut down the first two games this year, Freeman has averaged 16.5 fantasy points (0.5 PPR) in his last four games, with his heavy involvement as a receiver helping in these last three games in particular. Next up Freeman faces a Rams defense that should be angry, but his receiving ability helps keep him as a solid fantasy option in another potential shootout.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman struggles on the ground in Falcons' Week 2 win.

Freeman had 11 carries for 22 yards, but he also added three receptions for 42 yards as the Falcons edged out the Eagles, 24-20. There wasn't much room for Freeman to run, but Ito Smith had four carries for 32 yards and has looked more explosive through two games. Freeman could be an ideal buy-low candidate for owners disappointed with him as an early draft pick, but there's definite concern about his fantasy outlook at the moment. Perhaps Freeman needs time to get back into the swing of things after basically missing all of last season. He gets the Colts in Week 3.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Matthew Tabeek of AtlantaFalcons.com says Devonta Freeman is the key to the Falcons' success in 2019.

After an injury-plagued season in which he played in just two games, Freeman was said to be looking good during offseason training. Tabeek writes that "without a doubt, a healthy Freeman will be a difference-maker for this offense in 2019." The big takeaway is that with Tevin Coleman (signed with the Niners during free agency) gone, Freeman could be set for a heavy workload for what should be one of the league's best offenses again this season—and an offense that wants to establish the run to make things easier on the passing attack. Freeman is still just 27 years old and was given a long-term contract just a couple of years ago, so Atlanta is going to want to get their money's worth from him. Health is of course the concern for Freeman (likely the lone concern given the dynamic offense he plays in), but he could easily get back to being a strong fantasy RB1 option if he can stay on the field in 2019.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman will not return this season.

This was though to be the case, and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn confirmed it today to 92.9 The Game in Atlanta. Those that were stashing Freeman with the hopes of him making a return from injured reserve can safely drop him in redraft leagues. Now the attention turn to whether Freeman will return to the Falcons in 2019, as the team probably wants to re-sign Tevin Coleman and they also have Ito Smith in the mix. Freeman would likely have to be traded if he's not with Atlanta next season, as it's unlikely the team just cuts him with a high dead cap it.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman will undergo groin surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Jay Glazer just reported moments ago that Freeman is going to be placed on injured, and now we know the exact reason why, as Atlanta's starter has dealt with various injuries. Rapoport says that Freeman could potentially return this season, so fantasy owners should stash him on an IR spot if possible. In the mean time, Tevin Coleman should be started everywhere for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Giants, and Ito Smith needs to be picked up in all leagues.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Falcons are placing Devonta Freeman on injured reserve, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

Given all the injury woes Freeman has dealt with this year—dating back to the offseason with his knee issue from the end of last season—this is not a surprise. Freeman has dealt with knee, foot, and groin injuries through the first few weeks of the season, and the Falcons have opted to place him on IR. There's a chance Freeman could return after eight weeks as a designated-to-return player, especially if the Falcons are in the playoff mix at the end of the year, but for now it'll be Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith leading Atlanta's backfield. Coleman is a high-upside RB1/RB2 for the rest of the season, while Smith can be considered a FLEX option. If Freeman's season is finished, it ends with 14 carries for 68 yards and five receptions for 23 yards in two games. His loss is a big blow to the Falcons, but they are luckily stacked at the running back position.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (groin) is likely to miss Week 7.

This has been an unfortunate injury-riddled first half of the season for Freeman, who is now dealing with the groin injury on top of his previous knee and foot issues; and it sounds like the groin will be what keeps him out this week over the foot. Perhaps Freeman will make a push to play next Monday night against the Giants, but it doesn't seem likely. Expect Tevin Coleman and rookie Ito Smith to lead the backfield one week from tonight. We'll update you if Freeman is able to get up to a limited practice at some point this week.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) has been ruled out for Week 6.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn just announced Freeman will not play against the Buccaneers on Sunday, and the team's starting running back is also dealing with a groin injury in addition to his foot issue. This means it'll be Tevin Coleman drawing the start with rookie Ito Smith mixing in. Coleman should see around 15-20 touches while Smith could see 10-15 touches in a good matchup. Coleman is immediately an RB1 option for Week 6, and Smith is in the FLEX conversation. Freeman's foot injury isn't thought to be long-term, but the groin injury complicates things a bit; he should be considered week-to-week for now.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) remains out of Falcons practice.

Freeman is not looking good for Week 6, but at least the team apparently believes this is a short-term injury. There's a chance Freeman is ruled out tomorrow ahead of the weekend, so he'd do well to be listed as questionable for the game.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) did not practice today.

Freeman has been banged up this season, appearing in just two games because of a knee injury, and this is another ailment for Atlanta's starter. It's only Wednesday so perhaps it's nothing serious, but Freeman's Week 6 status is at least in some doubt at this point. We'll monitor Freeman's practice status tomorrow and Friday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman gets ten touches against the Steelers.

In Freeman's first game since Week 1, he looked like his usual self in his return from the knee issue that knocked him out the last three games. However, Pittsburgh's defense did a great job of limiting Atlanta's offense, including the running game. Freeman carried eight times for 32 yards and added two carries for nine yards in the Week 5 loss. And Ito Smith took a carry by the goal line in for six, which was a blow to the day of Freeman. The good news is he looked healthy and will be ready to go for Week 6 against the Buccaneers.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) is set to return for Week 5.

Quinn previously said he was hopeful that Freeman would be back this week, and he told Atlanta's 92.9 The Game that he is expected to play against the Steelers this Sunday. Freeman has been trending in the right direction, and—assuming there are no setbacks—he'll return to a Falcons offense that's putting up a ton of points the last three weeks. If Freeman is in the lineup, he'd immediately be a solid starting fantasy option in a potential shootout in Pittsburgh. We'll update you if Freeman ends up being listed on the injury report on Friday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Freeman is making progress and returned to practice on a limited basis this week, but the team decided to rule him out ahead of the weekend. It'll be Tevin Coleman again leading the backfield against the Bengals, with rookie Ito Smith mixing in. Coleman is an RB1 option while Smith is in the FLEX conversation for deeper leagues. This will be Freeman's third missed game, but he looks to have a good shot at playing in Week 5 against the Steelers; and Atlanta's offense has been clicking in his absence after struggling in the opener, so he'll likely be joining a group that's humming when he returns.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited in today's practice.

This is a step in the right direction for Freeman after he missed the last two games with his knee injury. It's probably a stretch for him to play this Sunday against the Bengals, but it's a good sign nonetheless. We'll update you on Freeman's official game status when it's released tomorrow.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) is officially out for Week 3.

This has been known, but now it's official. Freeman is week-to-week with his knee injury, and Tevin Coleman will lead Atlanta's backfield while he's out. Coleman is a great fantasy option against the Saints this week.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

UPDATE: Devonta Freeman could miss three-to-four weeks.

ESPN's Adam Schefter had said it would be a two-to-three week injury for Freeman, but now he's saying another source is giving this longer timeframe. Either way, Freeman is set to miss at least a couple games with this knee issue. Consider him week-to-week at this point, with Tevin Coleman likely to be a 20-touch player in his absence.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman is expected to miss two-to-three weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Freeman has already been ruled out for tomorrow's game against the Panthers, and it's not surprising that he's expected to miss at least one more game after that. Schefter says it's a knee contusion for Freeman, which, if true, certainly isn't bad as it could be. Tevin Coleman is likely to get around 20 touches per game as long as Freeman is out, and he'll be a great RB1 for as long as that is. Coleman's Week 2 matchup against the Panthers is tough, though. The Falcons face the Saints, Bengals, and Steelers in the next three matchups after tomorrow.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) will not play in Week 2.

Freeman didn't practice all week, so this was fully expected. There was talk of Freeman being fine after missing the end of the season opener last Thursday against the Eagles, but it's bad enough that it's forcing him to miss at least one game. There apparently isn't anything seriously wrong structurally with the knee, but it sounds like it could be a waiting game until Freeman is feeling better—and we've seen in the past that knee situations can be tricky. Tevin Coleman will now step up as a full-time player for the Falcons this week, and there's a chance he handles 20 touches against Carolina. Rookie Ito Smith will work in behind Coleman. Coleman is in the RB1 mix despite a tough matchup with the Panthers.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) will not practice today.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Freeman isn't practicing today and that they'll take a look to see where he's at tomorrow. Freeman is almost certainly headed for a questionable tag as the best-case scenario, and there's a very real chance he's unable to play this Sunday against the Panthers. Reports said that Freeman was fine, but it's not a good sign that he hasn't been able to get in even a limited practice the last two days. We'll update you with Freeman's official game status when it is released tomorrow.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (knee) is not practicing today.

Head coach Dan Quinn said that Freeman is sore, but his knee is apparently structurally sound. Still, despite claiming he was fine after Week 1, Freeman appears to be truly questionable for Sunday's NFC North clash with the Panthers. Fantasy owners should get more clarity tomorrow and Friday, but Atlanta's starter is shaping up as a risky FLEX if he suits up. If not, Tevin Coleman would get a boost as a top-15 play with elite upside, even in a tough matchup.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman is "fine" after leaving last night's game with a knee injury, according to Ian Rapoport.

Freeman said as much after the game, but there was still concern because players can sometimes be overly optimistic. Plus, the fact that Atlanta's starter was unable to return with the game on the line in the opener suggests that it's more than just a minor thing that he and the Falcons won't have to monitor. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on the practice report this week, but Tevin Coleman could handle closer to a 50-50 split of the backfield work—which was already the case in Week 1—if Freeman sees his touches scaled back against the Panthers next Sunday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman leaves opening game against the Eagles with a knee injury.

At the end of the game, Freeman was frustrated on the sideline while dealing with a knee issue that didn't allow him back in on the final drive. Freeman was dealing with a knee injury toward the end of last season, so hopefully this isn't a related issue that lingers throughout the season. For the game, Freeman was out-touched by Tevin Coleman, 10-9, carrying six times for 36 rushing yards while adding three receptions for 14 receiving yards. We'll have to monitor Freeman's status leading up to next week's game versus Carolina.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman tells ESPN he injured his knee in Week 17.

After Atlanta's Divisional Round loss to the Eagles, Freeman told ESPN's Vaughn McClure that he suffered both a sprained PCL and sprained MCL in the regular season finale against the Panthers. The league's highest-paid running back says he isn't sure if he needs offseason surgery, but if he does it still shouldn't be anything serious enough to it keeps Freeman out any longer than potentially offseason training. The Falcons might give word on Freeman throughout the offseason whether he gets surgery or not.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman catches a touchdown in playoff loss to the Eagles.

Freeman couldn't find much room to run against Philadelphia, but he did do some damage through the air including catching Atlanta's only touchdown of the game. Overall, Freeman had ten carries for seven yards and added five receptions for 26 yards and the touchdown. The score came on a play near the end zone where Matt Ryan made a spectacular play to get out of a sack and found Freeman open in the end zone. As of now, Freeman is the highest paid running back in the NFL, and it's a good bet for Atlanta to give him the ball a lot in 2018—even if backfield mate Tevin Coleman is an extremely dynamic player in the offense.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman scores in playoff win over the Rams.

Freeman rushed 18 times for 66 yards and a touchdown, which came from three yards out in the second quarter. He also caught a three-yard pass. Atlanta did a nice job distributing the workload between Freeman and Tevin Coleman (17 touches), and they will look to keep that balance up between their dynamic duo next Saturday when they head to Philadelphia. It will be fun to watch Freeman's violent running against Philly's attacking defense.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman does damage as a receiver in win over the Panthers.

Freeman caught a team-high nine passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in the 22-10 victory, also rushing 11 times for 23 yards. The most important thing is that he didn't put the ball on the ground, but the fearless back once again showed great quickness in the open field against a tough defense. He finishes the regular season with 196 carries for 865 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns, also adding a 36/317/1 receiving line. Freeman will undoubtedly be a big part of the game plan on Saturday night against the Rams to kickoff another potential playoff run for Atlanta.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman fumbles at the goal line in loss to New Orleans.

Freeman rushed 11 times for 36 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards. It was the second-straight week that he fumbled at the goal line, but this time it cost the Falcons, as the Saints recovered and never slowed Atlanta back in the game. Freeman is a really good player, but the Falcons would probably do better with Tevin Coleman receiving the majority of the work in the backfield. Fortunately for those relying on the starter in Week 17, things shouldn't change against Carolina, where Freeman will be more of an RB2 their elite defense.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman totals nearly 200 yards in win over the Bucs.

Freeman rushed 22 times for 126 yards and a touchdown, adding five receptions for 68 yards through the air. The score was a 32-yard sweep where he just had to beat the safety, but for as good as the numbers look, Freeman left some plays on the field. First of all, he fumbled twice, including on a goal line plunge, but both were fortunately recovered by the Falcons. Also, he dropped what would have been a big gain over the middle in the first half. Still, he ran with violently with no fear, and should be a RB1 option for Week 16, even if Tevin Coleman (concussion) returns.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman scores in Falcons' Thursday night win.

Freeman didn't catch any passes against the Saints, but he received a season-high in carries, carrying 24 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. The score was on a one-yard carry to the left side, as Freeman basically walked into the end zone. As usual, Freeman hit holes hard and angry, and he should keep it going in Week 15 against Tampa Bay. Keep him locked into fantasy lineups.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman leads backfield in return.

Freeman rushed 12 times for 74 yards and caught a seven-yard pass in the 14-9 loss to Minnesota. The Vikings have an elite run defense (and pass defense), but Atlanta had more success on the ground than through the air, and Freeman and Tevin Coleman probably should have touched it more than they did. There were concerns that Coleman might have handled more touches for at least one week, but that didn't happen, so Freeman should be a RB1 option in the fantasy playoffs. The Falcons play the Saints on Thursday night to kick things off.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman has cleared concussion protocol.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was on 92.9 The Game radio and said his running back cleared the protocol and will practice with the team today. He's now set to return on Sunday against the Vikings after missing two games, and he'll immediately become a solid RB2 in fantasy lineups. Minnesota is one of the most difficult matchups possible in his return, but the Falcons are playing a lot better offensively as of late and it's not easy to keep Freeman out of lineups. Those looking for a fantasy playoff berth in Week 13 should probably go with a guy they probably spent a first- or second-round draft pick on during the summer.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Freeman made progress in protocol to at least get to a limited participant in practice, but the Falcons went ahead and ruled him out ahead of the weekend. Considering Freeman has suffered two concussions this year, it's probably best for his long-term health to just take this slow. Freeman is probably 50/50 to play in Week 13 against the Vikings, but we'd say there's definite hope that he'll be out there. Tevin Coleman should get a heavy workload on Sunday and is an elite RB1 option against the Buccaneers.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) will be limited in practice today.

This is a positive step in the right direction and shows he's making progress in concussion protocol. If you're considering Freeman or someone in the Thanksgiving games today, it might be a good idea to wait and hope for Freeman to play given his apparent progress. You can check out our Week 12 rankings to see how the Thanksgiving guys rank compared to Freeman, who would be an RB1 if he plays against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman remains in concussion protocol.

It's still early in the week, but he's looking iffy for this Sunday against the Buccaneers. The main concern for Freeman is, rightfully and smartly, his long-term health after he suffered his second concussion of the season. If you have someone in the Thanksgiving game tomorrow you're thinking of playing over Freeman, it might be a good idea to do it.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) has officially been ruled out for Monday night.

Reports emerged early in the week that Freeman was unlikely to play against the Seahawks after suffering his second concussion of the year last Sunday versus the Cowboys, and the Falcons have unsurprisingly ruled him out a couple of days in advance of the game. The ultra talented Tevin Coleman should be in line for around 20 touches against Seattle and should be an excellent option even in a tough matchup. Consider Freeman questionable to face the Buccaneers in Week 12.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) is not practicing today.

Freeman remains unlikely to play on Monday night against the Seahawks, which is fine considering this is his second concussion this season. The most important thing is Freeman's long-term health, so hopefully he gets to the point where he's 100% and can clear concussion protocol, which would then allow him back on the field. It's possible Freeman is ruled out tomorrow ahead of Monday's game.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) is not practicing today.

Freeman is reportedly unlikely to play this Monday against Seattle, so a non-participation in the first official practice of the week is not a surprise. There's still a chance Freeman gets cleared to play against the Seahawks, but if, for example, you're between him and someone like JuJu Smith-Schuster in tonight's game, it's probably a risk to wait and hope Freeman gets cleared. We'll update you on Freeman's status tomorrow and Saturday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) is not expected to play in Week 11, according to ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that Freeman "is unlikely to play" against Seattle next Monday night. But this could be more speculation than anything, as it's Freeman's second concussion of the year, but consider him on the doubtful side of 50/50 right now. The Falcons have Tevin Coleman ready to carry the load if Freeman misses any more time, but not having the great combination is an obvious hit to Atlanta's offense.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (concussion) has been ruled out again the Cowboys.

Freeman apparently didn't pass concussion protocol and is done for the day. While Tevin Coleman is an excellent running back, this is still a big loss for the Falcons. Freeman had two carries for three yards before leaving, and he'll have an extra day to try and get cleared for Week 11's Monday Night Football game versus the Seahawks. Consider him 50/50 for now.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman leaves game with apparent head injury.

Freeman took a helmet to the head on a run on Atlanta's first offensive drive of the game versus Dallas, and the officials sent him off to get looked at. After going to the medical tent, he's now headed to the locker room and it doesn't look good. Freeman will have to pass concussion protocol if he's going to get back in this big NFC game. Tevin Coleman is more than capable of carrying the load if Freeman remains out for the game.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman gets 15 touches in Week 9.

Freeman didn't appear limited by the shoulder issue that made him limited to start the week of practice, and he carried 11 times for 46 yards while adding four receptions for 18 yards. Carolina did a nice job limiting Atlanta on the ground, as the Falcons gained 53 yards on 18 total carries in the game. Through eight games, Freeman is on pace for 228 carries, 1,024 rushing yards, ten rushing touchdowns, 38 receptions, and 274 receiving yards. He gets the Cowboys in Week 10.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (shoulder) is not on the injury report for Week 9.

Freeman was limited in practice all week, but he's ready to go against the Panthers. The dynamic running back said he doesn't think he'll be limited while dealing with the injury, but expectations should perhaps be limited a bit in a difficult matchup while at less than 100%. Still, you can safely insert Freeman into fantasy lineups as an RB1/RB2 option.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman (abdomen/shoulder) was limited in practice today.

The Falcons already said Freeman would be limited in practice to start the week, and it looks like it'll continue through tomorrow. There isn't much concern about his status, but Freeman might end up listed as questionable when the official injury report is released tomorrow—and he could end up playing less snaps than usual if his shoulder gives him issues on Sunday versus the Panthers.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman has a "minor shoulder injury."

There was some speculation that Freeman was dealing with a shoulder/arm issue yesterday, but no official injury was reported by the team. Freeman will be limited in practice on Wednesday, but it doesn't sound too concerning for his status this Sunday against the Panthers. We'll keep an eye on it and update you throughout the week on his status, but expect Freeman to be out there for a big NFC South matchup with Carolina.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman gains 61 yards on 13 touches in win over the Jets.

Freeman rushed 12 times for 41 yards and caught a 20-yard pass, as he was out-touched (15 to 13) and out-gained (104 to 61) by backup Tevin Coleman. Half of Coleman's production came on a 52-yard run, but it is still slightly concerning that he received so much work after being in the game for just 19 snaps in the team's Week 7 loss. Hopefully this was just a one-week thing for Freeman owners, and they should still insert him in lineups as an RB1 option against the Panthers next Sunday.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman turns 15 touches into 90 yards as Falcons fall to Patriots.

Freeman rushed 12 times for 72 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards. Atlanta needed to commit more to the running game with Freeman producing, but they didn't, and could only score seven points against the NFL's 30th ranked defense. There's no way things will continue to be this bad for the Falcons, but Freeman needs to be slightly downgraded until they show something. Perhaps that will happen against the Jets in Week 8.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman gets 11 touches in Week 6.

The Dolphins, for the most part, did a very good job of limiting Atlanta on the ground. Freeman had nine carries for 68 yards, with a long of 44 yards accounting for most of the damage done; and he also added two receptions for 11 yards. Freeman should find some more holes in Week 7 against the Patriots.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman handles 20 touches in Week 4 loss.

He rushed 18 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, adding two catches for 20 yards through the air. Tevin Coleman was much more effective with his touches, turning 13 of them into 144 yards, but Atlanta continues to give Freeman big workloads. Through four weeks, Freeman is out-carrying his backfield mate 70 to 29, but Coleman does have four more receptions. Despite the starter's pace of 1,140 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, it wouldn't be surprising to see him lose work to Coleman when the team returns from their Week 5 bye.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman handles 24 touches in Week 3 win.

Freeman rushed 21 times for 106 yards and one touchdown, adding three catches for 32 yards through the air. After a near-even split with Tevin Coleman in the season opener, Freeman has dominated backfield work in each of the past two weeks, and Coleman handled just nine touches on Sunday (though he turned them into 89 yards). We'd expect the touches to even out some in the coming weeks, especially if Coleman keeps breaking off chunk yardage, but Freeman is an every-week RB1/RB2.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman scores in Falcons' Week 1 win.

Freeman carried 12 times for 37 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, while adding two receptions for two yards. Chicago's front seven is very strong, and they did their best to limit Atlanta's groin attack to 64 yards on 23 attempts. The touchdown certainly helped Freeman's fantasy output, and he'll look to do more damage against the Packers next Sunday night, though it's not an easy matchup.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman is fully cleared from his concussion.

Freeman did some individual work in practice yesterday, but now he's been cleared to fully practice with the team. He'll be good to go for the season opener against the Bears, and he'll get a few practices in to get back into things and be ready for the game. Freeman should be an RB1 for that game, as he'll get a big workload again this season, despite the presence of very talented teammate Tevin Coleman in the backfield.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman will return to Falcons practice tomorrow.

Freeman, who missed the last two preseason games with a concussion, will start to do individual work as the team prepares him for Week 1. There's not much concern for Freeman's status in that opening game, so expect to see him out there against Chicago on September 10. Freeman is a first/second round pick in fantasy leagues and should get another big workload this season after the Falcons gave him a huge contract a few weeks ago.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman won't play in the Falcons' third preseason game.

Freeman is still dealing with his concussion and head coach Dan Quinn says he will not play Saturday's exhibition. Earlier this preseason, we saw Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi miss a couple weeks with a concussion before he was cleared. There's no reason to be alarmed about Freeman's Week 1 status, but ideally you're not drafting your fantasy team just yet.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman has a concussion.

Falcons Head coach Dan Quinn said his running back is in concussion protocol and will not play this Sunday in the team's second preseason game. Don't be surprised if Freeman doesn't play the rest of the preseason games as they focus on Week 1 of the regular season. Tevin Coleman will handle most of the first-team snaps with Freeman out, and he might be able to take advantage and steal more of the workload in the regular season. Hopefully Freeman can get out of protocol and back on the field soon.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman opens Falcons' preseason with a touchdown.

The newly-paid running back had one carry for three yards and a 15-yard touchdown reception. The touchdown came on a play-action fake from Freeman, who continued out of the backfield into the flat where Matt Ryan hit him so he could basically walk into the end zone. It was just the preseason, but the Falcons offense is going to be lethal again, and Freeman should remain a big part of that.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Mike Silver.

Both sides expressed optimism throughout the offseason and got it done a couple weeks into training camp. This deal, which reportedly makes Freeman the highest paid running back in the NFL (at $8.25 million/year), should keep the 25-year-old in Atlanta through the prime of his career. Freeman has had 275+ touches in each of the past two seasons, finishing as the RB1 and RB6 in the explosive Falcons offense. Talented backfield partner Tevin Coleman might take more touches this season after having under 150 in 2016, but Freeman should still be a very good fantasy asset this year—the Falcons are certainly paying him to keep up his production. Regardless, he’ll remain a big part of a team that is trying to win a Super Bowl in 2017 and beyond.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Mike Silver of NFL Network says there's "nothing new" on a Devonta Freeman extension.

Silver reports the "parties remain cordial" and are still working on a five-year extension. The team wanted to get a deal done for the start of training camp last Thursday, which obviously didn't happen, so it's fair to wonder whether a deal gets done or if Freeman plays out the final year of his contract this season.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

According to Michael Silver, Devonta Freeman has purchased a $10 million insurance policy.

We've seen big-time college players with NFL aspirations do this over the last few years. Freeman makes a payment, and if he's injured he'll make $10 million (presumably if he doesn't sign a new contract). Silver also reports Freeman and the Falcons are still negotiating a contract extension, but Freeman taking out an insurance policy can't be seen as optimistic in regards to getting a deal done. Freeman is out there practicing though, so maybe he doesn't want to risk an injury during training camp without the insurance or a long-term deal.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Falcon aren't putting a deadline on a new contract for Devonta Freeman, according to Tom Pelissero.

According to Pelissero, Freeman's agent met with the Falcons over the past couple of days but has since left. This could mean the two sides aren't really close to striking a deal. GM Thomas Dimitroff said he would like the deal to be done by tomorrow, but Pelissero reports that isn't required for a new deal to get done; so the negotiation could continue through training camp. While Freeman plays very hard and is an important member of the Falcons, the team also has Tevin Coleman in the backfield. They shouldn't be in a huge rush to get a deal done.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff would like to sign Devonta Freeman to an extension by Thursday.

The team reports to camp on Wednesday, and they start training camp practices on Thursday, so Dimitroff would like to lock up his running back before that first practice. Both sides have been open about the situation and wanting to get a deal done, so we'll see if they can hammer it out over the next few days. Either way, Freeman will be a first or second round pick in most fantasy drafts this summer.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Falcons owner Arthur Blank expects a contract extension for Devonta Freeman to get done "soon."

Blank was on 92.9 The Game (Atlanta Sports Radio) and expressed optimism, but said it's up to head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff. Everyone has said they are optimistic a deal will get done, and it's definitely possible it happens before training camp.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman expresses more optimism about a new contract.

Freeman was on SiriusXM NFL and said he's not rushing it, but thinks "something great will get worked out long-term." This comes under an hour after the report from Dianna Russini that the Falcons are "confident" they will be able to extend their All-Pro running back. Freeman also said that both sides have to be "comfortable" with the new deal, indicating he knows the contract negotiations and new contract will be a compromise between him and the team. Freeman did also say he's fine with playing out the final year of his contract. But a deal should get done before the season.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

The Falcons are confident they will be able to sign Devonta Freeman to a contract extension, according to Dianna Russini.

Russini says the Falcons think they'll have a deal done "by the first week of training camp." The public stances of both sides have been all positive since after the season, despite Freeman's agent saying he deserves to be paid as an elite back the week of the Super Bowl. It's looking like the Falcons are fine with giving Freeman, who is scheduled to be a free agent after this season, a nice contract, despite the presence of Tevin Coleman in the backfield too. Even if a deal doesn't get done (which it sounds like it will), Freeman should get another 250-300 touches this season.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman will not hold out.

Freeman has one year left on his deal, and he's very much outperformed his current salary, but he said he will not hold out. Freeman said "I'm a player. I love football." It's great to see someone with an attitude like Freeman, who said he received advice from ultimate non-diva receiver Julio Jones. Even with another very good back Tevin Coleman on the team, the Falcons will likely pay Freeman before the season. Freeman also said he wants to be more "disrespectful" when he rusn the ball this season. He should be a top ten running back for the third straight season.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the Falcons "will address" Devonta Freeman's contract.

Dimitroff said the team waits until training camp to discuss contracts, and he said they want to have Freeman on the team long-term. The presence of Tevin Coleman gives the Falcons some leverage in negotiations, but there's a possibility something gets done. Freeman is in the final season of his rookie contract.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Vaughn McClure reports that Devonta Freeman says he will "definitely" be back with the Falcons this season and will not request a trade.

Freeman said "this is the team I want to play for." Some eyebrows were raised when his agent said the Freeman deserves a big contract during Super Bowl week. There were reports that Freeman could be traded, but that looks like it isn't going to happen. Freeman seems content to play out the final season of his rookie deal. He'll be a solid RB1/RB2 in 2017.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman scores in the Super Bowl.

Freeman had 11 carries for 75 yards and two receptions for 46 yards against New England. He ran extremely well, especially early in the game. There have been reports of Freeman wanting a huge contract and unhappy about his touches, so we'll see if there is any animosity between the two sides this offseason or if it's just all smoke. He still has another year on his contract, so he should be back with the Falcons and is a worthy RB1/RB2 in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman totals 84 yards and a score in NFC Championship win.

Freeman had 14 carries for 42 yards and four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. He continued to run hard and gain positive yardage on his touches. He'll be a big part of the Falcons trying to get their first ever Super Bowl victory.

Devonta Freeman totals 125 yards and a touchdown in playoff victory.

Freeman had 14 carries for 45 yards and rushing touchdown, along with four receptions for 80 yards against the Seahawks. Freeman will remain a big part of the gameplan in the NFC Championship next Sunday against Green Bay or Dallas.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman breaks 75-yard touchdown for the Falcons.

Freeman had 12 carries for 96 yards and the touchdown, along with five receptions for 81 yards against the Saints. He ends his season 227 carries for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns and 54 receptions for 462 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Freeman worked great in tandem with Tevin Coleman, and the Falcons will utilize both dynamic backs in the playoffs.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman gets 21 touches in Week 16.

He had 13 carries for 53 yards and eight catches (on eight targets) for the Falcons. Freeman got more touches than Tevin Coleman again, and will remain a solid RB2 next week against the Saints.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman runs all over the 49ers in Falcon win.

Freeman had 20 carries for 139 yards and three touchdowns, along with two catches for 19 yards. Freeman looked as quick and powerful as ever, and also got great blocking from his offensive line. The Falcons seemed to make an effort to give Freeman the ball after he had only six carries last week. Freeman will be an RB2 against the Panthers in fantasy championship matchups.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman takes backseat to Tevin Coleman against the Rams.

Freeman had only six carries for six yards and two catches for 12 yards. The Falcons didn't really need Freeman to make a huge impact in their 42-14 win, but it was a surprising outcome considering the Falcons top two receivers were out and Freeman is a great receiver out of the backfield. Look for a bounce back effort next week against the Niners. He's an RB2 in an elite offense.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman rushed 15 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 49 yards in the Falcons' loss to the Chiefs.

Freeman still saw more work than Tevin Coleman (12 carries, zero catches on two targets), despite averaging just 3.7 yards per carry in the game. He did look quick and made guys miss, but Coleman will probably see more work in the passing game in the fantasy playoffs. Still, Freeman needs to be in lineups as an RB2 with a favorable schedule.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman rushed 16 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, adding two catches for 17 yards.

Freeman did more with and doubled the touches of Tevin Coleman in Coleman's return from a hamstring injury, but also ceded a goal line touchdown to him. Freeman will be an RB2 again next week against the Chiefs, but Coleman figures to see more work in his second game back.

Devonta Freeman | Bills RB

Devonta Freeman rushed 12 times for 49 yards, adding three catches for 32 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

On a day where the Atlanta offense never got going, it's fair to wonder if Freeman needed to see more touches. With Tevin Coleman (hamstring) set to return following the Week 11 bye, Freeman's time as the feature back like he was last season is over. He will be a decent RB2 option when the Falcons take on the Cardinals in Week 12.

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