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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman won’t play Monday

Some unfortunate news for the Atlanta Falcons. As the team heads to Seattle to face the Seahawks, it will have to do so without the services of running back Devonta Freeman. The talented running back as been officially been ruled out for the Monday Night Football game.

For context on how big a loss this is for the Falcons: Freeman is the team’s leading rusher this season, with 116 carries for 515 yards and five touchdowns.

Tevin Coleman will handle most of the workload in Freeman’s absence. The Falcons said during the week that they expect Coleman to be able to do most of the same things Freeman does in their offense.

Coleman has 83 carries for 399 yards and two touchdowns on the season. While his numbers aren’t screaming greatness, he has obviously been productive when given the chance to carry the rock.

On the other side of the field, the Seahawks are going to be playing without Kam Chancellor. The safety could miss a substantial amount of time with injury.

Not that these injuries offset each other or anything, but at least Atlanta won’t have to face a fully formed Seattle defense on Monday evening.

Even though we know Coleman will get most of the workload during Monday Night Football, it will be interesting to see who the Falcons rely on to be the team’s backup running back. It could be a chance for players who aren’t normally afforded time on the field a platform to shine and earn more time on it moving forward.