The Falcons have lost another starter for an extended period of time.
Running back Devonta Freeman has been placed on injured reserve due to a groin injury, the team announced Tuesday.
He is scheduled to have surgery on his groin, but could be back before the end of the season, according to NFL Insider.
“Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a release. “As the week went on it continued so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve. We are hopeful he will be able to return this season, but we will have a better feel for that in the coming weeks.”
Freeman has been absent for a large part of the season due to various injuries. He dealt with a knee injury that kept him out of three games and was sidelined during last week’s win against the Buccaneers due to the foot injury.
Tevin Coleman will continue to start at running back for Atlanta.
It’s the latest blow to the Falcons, who have lost defenders Deion Jones, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen for the long term due to injuries.
Kicker Matt Bryant likely will miss Monday night’s game against the Giants because of a hamstring injury, which has the Falcons looking for a replacement.
Giorgio Tavecchio, who spent time with the team in the preseason, is a possible candidate, according to coach Dan Quinn.
“There’s a couple of guys that we’re talking to, but he’s certainly one of them,” Quinn said Monday. “Part of the reason of bringing some guys in [during the preseason] is contingency planning. If this situation ever came about, you’d like to be prepared for it. The leg strength, he was also a kickoff man, the accuracy that he has. He was somebody that we definitely had on our radar.”