Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was injured during yesterday’s win over the New Orleans Saints. Freeman was initially diagnosed with a foot sprain, pending an MRI.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Freeman indeed has a foot sprain, but his absence is not expected to be a long one. He’s likely to miss “about two weeks.”
Third-year pro Brian Hill will presumably assume the role of feature back for Atlanta with Freeman on the sideline.
#Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be out about two weeks with a foot sprain, source said. So, relatively minor. Though it’s an injury that affects the toe more than the foot.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2019
Hill rushed for 61 yards on 20 carries in relief of Freeman yesterday. He added a 10-yard receiving touchdown in a 26-9 victory.
Originally a fifth-round pick of the Falcons in 2017, Hill was signed off the team’s practice squad by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. After appearing in six games for Cincinnati, Hill returned to Atlanta for the 2018 season.
He has rushed for 295 yards and one touchdown on 59 career carries and will undoubtedly be one of the top waiver wire pickups in fantasy football this week.
Atlanta will face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.