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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) ruled out

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Devonta Freeman is out again for the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced Friday that the running back would miss Sunday's tilt versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a foot injury.

Freeman missed practices this week while battling a bone contusion in his foot. Quinn added that the running back is also dealing with a groin injury.

The 26-year-old runner missed three games this season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1. He returned in Week 5 but rushed just eight times for 32 yards, including a 20-yard gallop.

In two games this year, Freeman compiled 14 carries for 68 yards and five receptions for 23.

The new injuries aren't expected to be long-term issues, but given how banged up Freeman has been in this young season, Atlanta could slow play his return from multiple issues.

With Freeman out versus the Bucs, do-everything back Tevin Coleman will lead the Falcons' backfield. Rookie sparkplug Ito Smith will spell Coleman.

Freeman isn't the only high-profile player the Falcons will be without Sunday. Quinn's defense remains a walking wounded. Star defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (ankle) and lineman Derrick Shelby (groin) are also out.

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