Falcons’ RB Freeman out again
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The injury plagued Atlanta Falcons will be without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and running back Devonta Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jarrett is sitting out his second straight game with a sprained ankle, while Freeman is sidelined yet again with a foot injury. The Falcons (1-4) have lost three in a row.
Freeman has played only two games this season, gaining 68 yards on 14 carries. He sat out three weeks with a bruised knee sustained in the opener at Philadelphia.
This is the second straight season that Freeman has been slowed by injuries. A year ago, he sustained two concussions, missed a pair of games and also dealt a knee issue.
Jarrett is one of four starters missing on defense. Safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are out for the year. Linebacker Deion Jones will have to miss at least eight games while on injured reserve.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a throwing shoulder injury that first bothered him last month.
Tannehill was limited in Friday’s workout — the first time he has missed practice time because of the injury. He wasn’t on the injury report last week, but was during the week of Sept. 24.
Brock Osweiler or David Fales would start if Tannehill can’t play for the injuryplagued Dolphins.
Browns rookie wide receiver Derrick Willies broke his collarbone in practice and will miss several games.
Willies got hurt during Friday’s workout as the Browns went through final preparations for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The injury is a costly one as Willies was filling in for Rashard Higgins, who is also sidelined with a right knee injury sustained in last week’s win over Baltimore.
Willies replaced Higgins in the fourth quarter against the Ravens and turned a short pass from Baker Mayfield into a 39-yard gain in overtime to help set up Cleveland’s game-winning field goal with 2 seconds left.
An undrafted free agent from Texas Tech, Willies finished with three catches for 61 yards. He was expected to get more playing time this week with Higgins out.
Damion Ratley will likely be active Sunday to replace Willies. Ratley does not have a catch this season.