Devonta Freeman is slowly working his means again onto the sector.
Freeman returned to apply Monday, however can be held out of the Falcons’ remaining preseason recreation this Thursday towards Jacksonville to make sure he is wholesome by the beginning of the common season.
“I felt good. I felt slightly looser” he stated.
Freeman is within the final stage of concussion protocol and was capable of take part in particular person non-contact drills and stroll-throughs on Monday, however sat out throughout workforce drills.
Even when he is cleared to return, he will not play towards the Jaguars.
The Falcons have not been in any rush to get Freeman again on the sector through the preseason since he left apply Aug. thirteen with concussion signs . He feels he’ll be prepared for the common season opener in Chicago on Sept. 10.
“I am going into my fourth yr within the NFL, you recognize your physique, you recognize what it takes,” Freeman stated. “I have to get again on the market and begin operating, perhaps get some contact, twist slightly bit. I am knowledgeable; I understand how to deal with that.”
He stated he hopes to start out working in touch on Tuesday, nevertheless it’ll occur “in all probability later this week.”
Freeman missed the Falcons’ final two video games whereas following concussion protocol. The damage got here after he signed a 5-yr, $forty one.25 million extension with the Falcons, making him the league’s highest paid operating again.
There have not been any setbacks in his restoration, stated Freeman, who rushed for greater than 1,000 years and had eleven touchdowns in every of the final two seasons.
Although he’ll miss his third consecutive preseason recreation, Freeman would doubtless not have performed a lot Thursday even with out the concussion. The sport often options principally rookies and different bubble gamers preventing for last roster spots.
Sitting out has given Freeman the prospect to assist these gamers.
“I simply all the time attempt to be their second eyes,” Freeman stated. “Some stuff I may even see that they can not see, instantly once I come off the sector I attempt to talk with them what I noticed and what I feel might assist them. It is as much as them to place it of their recreation. In the event that they’re doing good and it really works for them, that is all that issues.”
Freeman was on the sidelines on Saturday through the Falcons’ 24-14 loss to the Cardinals.
“Mentally is helped me out lot” to be on the sidelines not enjoying, he stated. “It made me understand how blessed I’m. … It was undoubtedly a actuality examine for me. I simply took all of it in.”
The offense amassed 237 yards within the loss.
“I feel we might get higher as an entire, as a staff,” he stated.
NOTES: Rookie operating again Brian Hill left the sport Saturday with an ankle damage, which might probably harm his possibilities to beat out Terron Ward for a backup spot behind Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Hill and Ward had been splitting carries all through the preseason. Atlanta chosen Hill within the fourth spherical in June’s NFL draft .