Falcons coach Dan Quinn has no plans to rush running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman back from hamstring injuries.
“Our running backs, both of those guys are definitely closer and are doing participation as well,” Quinn said on Tuesday before practice.
Freeman and Coleman suffered hamstring injuries on Aug. 5 and 6 and were expected to miss two to four weeks. Both players returned to parts of practice last week, but were held out of the exhibition game against the New York Jets on Friday.
“They are back into the mix today at practice and we’ll take it day-by-day from there,” Quinn said. “At least they are back and getting closer.”
The Falcons’ rushing attack has been porous over two exhibition games.
“A number of the guys did a rehab run today as part of their treatment to get ready,” Quinn said. “So, I’m anxious to see how that went to see if they are ready for the next step.”
Quinn plans to be cautious with both backs and Antone Smith, who’s also out with a hamstring injury.
“It goes in processes,” Quinn said. “I definitely want them at their best. I know they are working hard at it. The strength is coming back for the guys who had the hamstring injuries. But if they are not quite all the way there with that injury, I think it’s best to wait until they are.”