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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman expected to play vs. Steelers

Devonta Freeman

The Atlanta Falcons may finally be about to get star running back Devonta Freeman back in the lineup after a three-week absence due to a knee injury. Falcons coach Dan Quinn says he expects Freeman to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quinn had recently indicated he hopes to get Freeman back this week following a knee contusion he suffered in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Freeman was finally able to return to practice last week ahead of Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he was very limited and wasn’t quite considered ready to make it back just yet.

The Falcons have fallen to 1-3 on the season with Freeman out of the lineup. They’ve dropped two consecutive close games at home to the Saints and Bengals. The Atlanta offense has not exactly been having a hard time scoring even without Freeman in the lineup. They’ve racked up an impressive 73 points over the last two weeks.

However, their running game has been noticeably unproductive in those games. Tevin Coleman has struggled to step up in the starting running back spot in Freeman’s absence. He started out well, rushing for 107 yards in just 16 carries in Week 2 against the Panthers. However, he’s rushed for just 84 yards in total over the last two contests.

Freeman’s expected return should be a nice boost to the Falcons offense. They will need all the firepower they have in order to win a potential shootout on the road against a Steelers team that can also score in bunches.