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Falcons rule out Devonta Freeman for Vikings game

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The flailing Atlanta Falcons lost their punch in last Sunday's loss to the Colts after Devonta Freeman left with a concussion.

The league's sixth-leading rusher won't help this weekend, either, with coach Dan Quinn confirming that Freeman won't suit up at home against the Minnesota Vikings, per NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon.

Freeman hasn't practiced all week, leaving rookie Tevin Coleman in line for a big workload ahead of fellow rookie Terron Ward.

The Falcons notched their eighth 100-yard game on the ground against the Colts, but Coleman and Ward ran for just 2.6 yards per carry after Freeman piled up 43 yards off three attempts before the head injury. Coleman lacks Freeman's burst and hurt the team with a killer fumble.

The Falcons expressed high confidence in Coleman bouncing back on Sunday, but this offense doesn't resemble the run-heavy outfit that rolled over teams to a 6-1 start. Losers of three straight, Atlanta (6-4) desperately needs its backfield to flip the switch against Linval Joseph and Minnesota's sturdy front seven.

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