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From the moment he was hit with that concussion to start the season I got worried. Then this one happened. Then the news he has been concussed since Carolina. 

This many back-to-back is bad - really bad. Does anyone know the protocol rules going forward? I honestly am more worried about the dude's life than I am football. He may need to retire if this concussion was as bad as it looked. 

I don't want to imagine this team without Free but its looking like that (knock on wood/praying it isn't...). What would we do? Could Coleman shoulder the load? 

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I’m worried about him and if he has to sit for a prolonged period then so be it.  That said, I’m not willing to say his career is in jeopardy because of this.  We have no idea.  Davante Adams took one of the worst shots I’ve seen in a while and was in Dallas the next week playing.

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As long as doctors clear him the league won't make him quit. The teams don't care and the player wants to play. He will be out there. Fans say sweet things like they are concerned but these players are just commodities. It would be on the player to call it quits. We know that's not happening.

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I really like Freeman.  I can't think of another Falcon that I like better.  He is a man of character and a player with uncommon abilities.  

But, I am very concerned for this young man's life.  His sudden sensitivity to concussions is alarming.  Projecting forward, we can all expect for him to have subsequent concussions if he continues to play.  And every concussive event increases his chances of CTE.   

We all want success for our Falcons.  Heck, I am of a certain age that makes me worry that I will never see a Falcons championship.  

BUT, life is much more than football.  If it is true that DF has been concussed multiple times this year, my suggestion is that Devonta take the rest of this season off and attempt to return next year.  If he becomes concussed again next season, then I would come to an injury agreement and hire him as a coach.  

I like and respect Mr. Freeman for the man that he is.  I want him to have a happy and healthy future.  No football team's success is worth more than that.    

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Just now, etherdome said:

I really like Freeman.  I can't think of another Falcon that I like better.  He is a man of character and a player with uncommon abilities.  

But, I am very concerned for this young man's life.  His sudden sensitivity to concussions is alarming.  Projecting forward, we can all expect for him to have subsequent concussions if he continues to play.  And every concussive event increases his chances of CTE.   

We all want success for our Falcons.  Heck, I am of a certain age that makes me worry that I will never see a Falcons championship.  

BUT, life is much more than football.  If it is true that DF has been concussed multiple times this year, my suggestion is that Devonta take the rest of this season off and attempt to return next year.  If he becomes concussed again next season, then I would come to an injury agreement and hire him as a coach.  

I like and respect Mr. Freeman for the man that he is.  I want him to have a happy and healthy future.  No football team's success is worth more than that.    

Agreed.

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4 minutes ago, etherdome said:

I really like Freeman.  I can't think of another Falcon that I like better.  He is a man of character and a player with uncommon abilities.  

But, I am very concerned for this young man's life.  His sudden sensitivity to concussions is alarming.  Projecting forward, we can all expect for him to have subsequent concussions if he continues to play.  And every concussive event increases his chances of CTE.   

We all want success for our Falcons.  Heck, I am of a certain age that makes me worry that I will never see a Falcons championship.  

BUT, life is much more than football.  If it is true that DF has been concussed multiple times this year, my suggestion is that Devonta take the rest of this season off and attempt to return next year.  If he becomes concussed again next season, then I would come to an injury agreement and hire him as a coach.  

I like and respect Mr. Freeman for the man that he is.  I want him to have a happy and healthy future.  No football team's success is worth more than that.    

I agree. A person's health is more important than entertaining strangers on a field. The negative is that this really can't be avoided since no helmet can protect the brain from bouncing around inside the skull during collisions. 

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This is the exact issue me and @caponine talked about in preseason when Freeman got a mysterious concussion a week after signing a big contract.. 

we are on the hook for 3 years with Freeman.. we have to put him on IR the remainder of the season if we have any hope of having him play a full 16 next season... 

people need to accept that Freeman Should be and is probably done for this season.. 2 concussions in 12 weeks as a running back is nothing to play with.. 

he needs to be given the LK 59 treatment 1 more concussion and that could be a wrap from Freeman’s career 

 

heres to hoping coleman can stay healthy the remainder of the season 

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27 minutes ago, slamee101 said:

I’m worried about him and if he has to sit for a prolonged period then so be it.  That said, I’m not willing to say his career is in jeopardy because of this.  We have no idea.  Davante Adams took one of the worst shots I’ve seen in a while and was in Dallas the next week playing.

One bad shot vs. multiple back to back concussions isn’t the same thing.

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1 minute ago, Yo_Lover said:

One bad shot vs. multiple back to back concussions isn’t the same thing.

Wasn’t implying they were.  Likewise, not all concussions are built the same.  Point is we have no idea what shape Free is in because he is going into the protocol and all talk of his career being over is premature.  

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1 minute ago, Peyton said:

I hope people saying this are just being alarmist.  Otherwise the Falcons are guilty of the worst contract extension in NFL history.

His first concussion was preseason. So injury history was clear pre-extending. I think we overpaid, but not because of injuries

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3 minutes ago, slamee101 said:

Wasn’t implying they were.  Likewise, not all concussions are built the same.  Point is we have no idea what shape Free is in because he is going into the protocol and all talk of his career being over is premature.  

he’s going to miss a few weeks, you dont risk 3 concussions in one season 

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1 minute ago, MSalmon said:

His first concussion was preseason. So injury history was clear pre-extending. I think we overpaid, but not because of injuries

My point is he was already under contract for this season.  If this were to end his career, the Falcons just gave him a $22 million severance check and put themselves in cap ****.  But I think that is all way premature. 

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Just now, Peyton said:

My point is he was already under contract for this season.  If this were to end his career, the Falcons just gave him a $22 million severance check and put themselves in cap ****.  But I think that is all way premature. 

I have t even checked the cap implications. In my opinion that’s why you don’t overpay rbs. They get hurt and very few are truly able to have Long productive careers.

 

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8 minutes ago, Yo_Lover said:

Umm Jahvid Best?

Jahvid Best had a history of severe head injuries before he ever entered the NFL, including in back to back weeks in his Senior season.  I just looked at the second one where he landed on his head and it knocked him out cold.  It looked like he was dead.  I hope Best isn't a good comparison to Freeman.

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15 minutes ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

This is the exact issue me and @caponine talked about in preseason when Freeman got a mysterious concussion a week after signing a big contract.. 

we are on the hook for 3 years with Freeman.. we have to put him on IR the remainder of the season if we have any hope of having him play a full 16 next season... 

people need to accept that Freeman Should be and is probably done for this season.. 2 concussions in 12 weeks as a running back is nothing to play with.. 

he needs to be given the LK 59 treatment 1 more concussion and that could be a wrap from Freeman’s career 

 

heres to hoping coleman can stay healthy the remainder of the season 

and exactly this is becoming dangerous for him. he already has 3 concussions in his career. he really needs to think about other options outside of football

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1 minute ago, MSalmon said:

I have t even checked the cap implications. In my opinion that’s why you don’t overpay rbs. They get hurt and very few are truly able to have Long productive careers.

 

If he isn't on the roster next year, the cap hit is 13 mil.  7 million more than if he is on the roster.

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