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Devonta Freeman won't change rugged style due to concussions

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    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman vowed not to change his running style after sustaining two concussions this year, and three total since November 2015.

Freeman, who missed the last two games after being knocked out in the first quarter of a Week 10 win over Dallas, cleared the concussion protocol and returned to full practice Wednesday. The Falcons weren't in pads.

"All of us, if you still play football at this level, I can only imagine you've been getting concussions since you were young," Freeman said. "That's a part of football. You're going to get concussions.

"Hey, if it happens again, it happens again. I'm a competitor. I'm a dog. I'm going to still be try to be the same 'Free' as I can. I'm going to work to be the same way. Ain't nothing going to change. I just want to win and get better."

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he hopes Freeman returns to his normal workload as the Falcons (7-4) approach Sunday's showdown with the Minnesota Vikings (9-2). The team also has Tevin Coleman, a starting-caliber player who started in place of Freeman the previous two games.

Quinn addressed the topic of Freeman's long-term health related to his multiple concussions.

"From the medical side, it was something that they discussed from this year," Quinn said. "He had two concussions this year ... one from training camp and one from three weeks ago.

"We're going to always take great care of our guys. We care about them on the field, off the field. That's the doctors and the medical side to determine when he's ready to play. And we totally trust the process that the league and the team goes through. And we are 100 percent fired up to have him back."

Freeman has 515 yards on 116 carries with five rushing touchdowns in nine games . He also has 19 receptions for 137 yards.

"It's always good, when you have good players like that, to have them back is huge," Matt Ryan said of Freeman's return. "Devonta, he does so much for us in terms of running the football. But also in our passing game, he's a critical part of it. I think it's huge that he was able to practice today and he'll be able to go later this week.

"It adds a lot of depth at that running back position for us. I thought Terron did a great job of stepping up in Devonta's absence. But being able to use all three of those guys and keeping them fresh is a good thing for us."

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I just wish he'd have found the concussion helmet something he could play in.   I think after 2 in one year - you need to be giving yourself extra protection.    I love this guy - his fearlessness, his effort and his fire but I hope to see him play many more years as a Falcon - and then go on to lead a long, normal life.

Take care of yourself Free!   We need you - but more importantly, you have a long life ahead of you (hopefully) and you are going to want to enjoy that as much as you enjoy playing angry!

 

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I hope they give him a light workload. And I hope Warrick Dunn gets with him and helps him learn to protect himself better. You can be punishing with your shoulder instead of your head. Sometimes the extra yard is worth the risk and sometimes it isn't. The game is dangerous enough without putting yourself in harm's way unnecessarily. It's for the best of of him and the team that he have a long healthy career.

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1 hour ago, TheFalcoholic said:

Devonta Freeman won't change rugged style due to concussions

4:45 PM ET
  • mcclure_vaughn.png&w=160&h=160&scale=cro
    Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman vowed not to change his running style after sustaining two concussions this year, and three total since November 2015.

Freeman, who missed the last two games after being knocked out in the first quarter of a Week 10 win over Dallas, cleared the concussion protocol and returned to full practice Wednesday. The Falcons weren't in pads.

"All of us, if you still play football at this level, I can only imagine you've been getting concussions since you were young," Freeman said. "That's a part of football. You're going to get concussions.

"Hey, if it happens again, it happens again. I'm a competitor. I'm a dog. I'm going to still be try to be the same 'Free' as I can. I'm going to work to be the same way. Ain't nothing going to change. I just want to win and get better."

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he hopes Freeman returns to his normal workload as the Falcons (7-4) approach Sunday's showdown with the Minnesota Vikings (9-2). The team also has Tevin Coleman, a starting-caliber player who started in place of Freeman the previous two games.

Quinn addressed the topic of Freeman's long-term health related to his multiple concussions.

"From the medical side, it was something that they discussed from this year," Quinn said. "He had two concussions this year ... one from training camp and one from three weeks ago.

"We're going to always take great care of our guys. We care about them on the field, off the field. That's the doctors and the medical side to determine when he's ready to play. And we totally trust the process that the league and the team goes through. And we are 100 percent fired up to have him back."

Freeman has 515 yards on 116 carries with five rushing touchdowns in nine games . He also has 19 receptions for 137 yards.

"It's always good, when you have good players like that, to have them back is huge," Matt Ryan said of Freeman's return. "Devonta, he does so much for us in terms of running the football. But also in our passing game, he's a critical part of it. I think it's huge that he was able to practice today and he'll be able to go later this week.

"It adds a lot of depth at that running back position for us. I thought Terron did a great job of stepping up in Devonta's absence. But being able to use all three of those guys and keeping them fresh is a good thing for us."

http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/30646/devonta-freeman-wont-change-rugged-style-due-to-concussions

 

MY BOI!!!!! None of y'all would want Julio to change his style and he gets hurt a lot too.

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8 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

What does Julio need to change to prevent him from getting injured? All of his injuries are lower body

His rough, ruggy style of play. Hurting his groin, breaking his foot, etc...

Dont nobody like to see anyone of them get hurt, but to tell them to change their style is ludicrous.  They made their name on the style and now people want them to change it? It's not that easy. All he can do is take precautions and pray.

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10 minutes ago, Flying Falcon said:

His rough, ruggy style of play. Hurting his groin, breaking his foot, etc...

Dont nobody like to see anyone of them get hurt, but to tell them to change their style is ludicrous.  They made their name on the style and now people want them to change it? It's not that easy. All he can do is take precautions and pray.

The way Julio plays has absolutely nothing to do with his injuries. He's just one of those types that's easily injured. 

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