Fal­cons’ RB Free­man out again

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS -

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.

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