Falcons Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman , who recently signed a five-year contract extension, left practice with a “heat” related issue on Sunday.
He walked off the field under his own power with a member of the training staff alongside. He left about an hour and 20 minutes into the practice and did not return.
“I didn’t think he was going to come back,” Quinn said after practice. “He had some heat stuff that he dealt with from the first practice and again today. I didn’t get a chance to go in and see him yet, but I’ll find out.”
Freeman received fluids after going inside.
Linebacker Jermaine Grace was slowed by a hamstring injury. He was working with the trainers.
“Grace did a rehab run today,” Quinn said. “He had a strain of the hamstring. We’re hopeful that he’s going to return. He’s putting in the work in for sure.”
Cornerback Akeem King was also held out of practice with an undisclosed injury.
Defensive end Martin Ifedi, who was working his way back from an ankle, did not practice.
“We’ll take a look after Pittsburgh,” Quinn said. “We’re going to let his ankle settle down. It’s really not coming around as fast as he’d hoped.”
Running back Terron Ward, who led the Falcons is rushing with 48 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown against Miami, wore a black – no contact – jersey in practice.
Defensive lineman Jack Crawford (groin) returned to practice. Wide receiver Julio Jones (foot) and Taylor Gabriel (lower leg) also practiced after not playing against Miami. Jones and Gabriel also worked in team drills.
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