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Falcons RB Coleman clears concussion protocol

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December 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm.

Dec 3, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) tackles in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Photo Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 3, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) tackles in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Photo Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has cleared the concussion protocol and is on target to return for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Coleman sustained a concussion in the first meeting between the NFC South rivals on Dec. 7. The 24-year-old sat out on Monday as the Falcons (9-5) posted a 24-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He’s been fully cleared to participate,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Thursday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We really trust the process that the league goes through, not just with our own docs but with the independent. I think that part has improved over the last few years through the league. And we’re pumped to have Tev back.”

Coleman joins backfield mate Devonta Freeman with seven total touchdowns on the season. The Falcons’ third-round pick in the 2013 draft, Coleman has rushed for 593 yards and has 21 catches for 245 yards in 13 games.

 

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