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Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman sidelined by hamstring woes

Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons starting running back Devonta Freeman suffered a right hamstring strain Thursday and was unable to finish practice.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn did not immediately provide a timetable for Freeman's return.

"Hopefully, for him, it's a quick turnaround," Quinn said of Freeman. "He's such a passionate competitor. You can see how disappointed he was not to be able to finish today. So hopefully, we'll get him back out here soon. He is an absolute competitor. Just every day, he brings it. And he stands for a lot of the stuff I love about our team: attitude, intensity, toughness and wanting to compete."

The Falcons also were without rookie running back Tevin Coleman, who is competing with Freeman for the starting role. Coleman also has a hamstring strain and has missed the past two days of practice.

With Freeman and Coleman out of the lineup, undrafted rookie Terron Ward got some first-team reps after an impressive showing in camp the past few days. Returning veteran Antone Smith and second-year player Jerome Smith also are in the running back rotation.

"It will be a unique opportunity to get some of the guys some more turns," Quinn said. "Hopefully the other guys will be back quickly, too. But I love the group -- I really do in terms of the attitude they're trying to establish. It's unfortunate, but at the same time, the next guy is up."

In other news, first-round pick Vic Beasley was one of a handful of players held out of practice with stomach illnesses. He joined fellow rookie Justin Hardy, right guard Jon Asamoah and outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who is battling a hip-groin injury as well. Quinn expressed hope to get all three players back for the Thursday evening walk-through.

The Falcons' first preseason game is Aug. 14 at home against the Tennessee Titans. There is a strong possibility that both Freeman and Coleman could miss the game, depending on the severity of their respective hamstring strains. The lowest grade of hamstring strain typically calls for a 2-to-4 week recovery period.

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I'll be pissed if I don't get to see them perform in the first preseason game. This has been such a painfully long offseason and I want to see our guys healthy for the first game.

agreed. Sometimes though, in a weird way, I almost think it is good when a guy gets a mild injury and misses a little time early in camp.

Why you ask?

well, both of those guys (Freeman/Coleman) have mild hamstring tweaks. They are going hard day-after-day in temps approaching 95 degrees - fatigue is bound to set in - and when a body is fatigued, the body is more susceptible to injury. While both of these guys need the work to learn the system - the risk of major injury is negated in camp when you are on the sideline.

That may be a strange way to look at the situation - but it is not all bad. I want everyone healthy for Game#1 in regular season on MNF with Eagles.

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that's that Tom Cruise level positivity right there lol

Well, we'll see what happens, but, every year, in the Ryan/TD era, we've lost at least one draft pick to season ending injury, before the season began, with only one exception. The only year that it didn't happen, was 2009, in which we lost both our top 2 picks, within the first few regular season games.

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might be time to get rid of that Neible guy. under his watch this team has been the walking wounded while under Jeff Fish we were always moderately healthy

I think injuries are more bad luck than who the strength & conditioning coach is....very hard to prove either way but that seems a more realistic view.

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I think injuries are more bad luck than who the strength & conditioning coach is....very hard to prove either way but that seems a more realistic view.

Yeah, didn't Spoon actually pop his achilles while working with a trainer. I can't believe that a trainer would purposely have someone do something that is going to hurt them. I also guess in his case his body just isn't up to the task though too.

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I think injuries are more bad luck than who the strength & conditioning coach is....very hard to prove either way but that seems a more realistic view.

not always. some staffs don t work enough with stretching and flexibility exercises.

from the worrilow thread

"Worrilow dropped weight and improved his flexibility this offseason to better prepare himself for the style of football coach Dan Quinn desires."

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agreed. Sometimes though, in a weird way, I almost think it is good when a guy gets a mild injury and misses a little time early in camp.

Why you ask?

well, both of those guys (Freeman/Coleman) have mild hamstring tweaks. They are going hard day-after-day in temps approaching 95 degrees - fatigue is bound to set in - and when a body is fatigued, the body is more susceptible to injury. While both of these guys need the work to learn the system - the risk of major injury is negated in camp when you are on the sideline.

That may be a strange way to look at the situation - but it is not all bad. I want everyone healthy for Game#1 in regular season on MNF with Eagles.

i see where your coming from, as long as these injuries dnt continue into preseason all the way up to week 1.
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not always. some staffs don t work enough with stretching and flexibility exercises.

from the worrilow thread

"Worrilow dropped weight and improved his flexibility this offseason to better prepare himself for the style of football coach Dan Quinn desires."

that doesnt mean we wernt stretching properly last yr.. that could just mean for him personally he need to shed some weight and did yoga to increase flexiblity.. he did that last yr as well..

I think you might be reaching a lil

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not always. some staffs don t work enough with stretching and flexibility exercises.

from the worrilow thread

"Worrilow dropped weight and improved his flexibility this offseason to better prepare himself for the style of football coach Dan Quinn desires."

I think most strength and conditioning staffs #1 objective is to prepare those bodies for a season and to help as much as possible to avoid injury. These guys for all 32 teams are ELITE trainers - I don't buy the theory that its the S&C coaches fault - in probably 90%+ of the cases it is just bad luck or weak genetics, et al.

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I think most strength and conditioning staffs #1 objective is to prepare those bodies for a season and to help as much as possible to avoid injury. These guys for all 32 teams are ELITE trainers - I don't buy the theory that its the S&C coaches fault - in probably 90%+ of the cases it is just bad luck or weak genetics, et al.

I dont always buy it either. Folks are always so quick to say that.

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I think most strength and conditioning staffs #1 objective is to prepare those bodies for a season and to help as much as possible to avoid injury. These guys for all 32 teams are ELITE trainers - I don't buy the theory that its the S&C coaches fault - in probably 90%+ of the cases it is just bad luck or weak genetics, et al.

yep

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agreed. Sometimes though, in a weird way, I almost think it is good when a guy gets a mild injury and misses a little time early in camp.

Why you ask?

well, both of those guys (Freeman/Coleman) have mild hamstring tweaks. They are going hard day-after-day in temps approaching 95 degrees - fatigue is bound to set in - and when a body is fatigued, the body is more susceptible to injury. While both of these guys need the work to learn the system - the risk of major injury is negated in camp when you are on the sideline.

That may be a strange way to look at the situation - but it is not all bad. I want everyone healthy for Game#1 in regular season on MNF with Eagles.

Hamstring injuries can linger I'd set em both for 10-14 days minimum and work the chit out of everybody behind Tone(we know what you got in him) chances are we are gonna need a next man up at RB at some point in the season might as well find out who is the best option.

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