Quinn: Trufant, Freeman remain in concussion protocol

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Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn discusses the aftermath of the team’s 34-20 victory over the Bucs on Monday. Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant and running back Devonta Freeman remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Dan Quinn said on Monday.

“As you know we had two corners go down in (Brian) Poole and Tru during the game (against the Buccaneers Sunday),” Quinn said. “I thought a lot of (pride) was shown by the (defensive backs) answering when they had to, specifically Ricardo Allen who was in a new spot.

“Trufant went into the concussion protocol. That’s the same as we’re heading into practice this week with he and Freeman. (Brian) Poole had a back (injury).”

Poole is being evaluated “day by day,” according to Quinn.

Allen went to Poole’s nickel back spot. C.J. Goodwin replaced Trufant at left cornerback and rookie Damontae Kazee took over at free safety for Allen as the Falcons adjusted to the depleted secondary in a 34-20 win over the Buccaneers.

Goodwin played 47 of 71 (66 percent) of the defensive snaps. Kazee played 32 snaps (45 percent). Freeman has missed the past two games due to the concussion, his second this year and third of his career.

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