Coach Dan Quinn announced during Thursday's press conference that Freeman won't practice as he tries to come back from a concussion he sustained in last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The team is preparing to play without him, Quinn said, and rookie Tevin Coleman would see the bulk of the carries out of the backfield in his absence.
The Falcons have dropped four of their last five games after starting the season 5-0. Freeman was a major part of their early success. The second-year running back leads the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns.
Here's the rest of Thursday's news:
Left tackle Jason Peters left the game with a left ankle injury and never returned. He was previously questionable to even play. Cornerback Nolan Carroll did not return after suffering a broken right ankle. Wideout Josh Huff went through the concussion protocol after suffering a potential head injury.
- Broncos pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware officially didn't participate at practice. He doesn't expect to play Sunday night against the Patriots, according to the Denver Post. He's been out the last two games for Denver after aggravating a previously existing back injury that cost him a game earlier this season.
- Patriots wideout Danny Amendola was upgraded to practicing in a limited capacity after not practicing Wednesday with a knee injury. Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer was a full participant after being limited with a concussion. Wide receiver Aaron Dobson was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.