By Cedric Williams
A very welcome sight occurred at Atlanta Falcons practice this week in Flowery Branch, when running back Tevin Coleman dressed in full pads and participated in each of the club’s workouts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Coleman, Atlanta’s third-round selection in last spring’s NFL Draft (No. 72 overall), won the starting running back job with the Falcons coming out of training camp and was off to a good start before he got injured in Week 2 against the New York Giants.
Since then, Coleman has missed Atlanta’s last two games, which has allowed second-year man Devonta Freeman to take over and help the Falcons get off to a 4-0 start this season.
But this week, Coleman was able to get back out on the practice field – albeit in a limited capacity. However, the belief is as long as Coleman doesn’t suffer some type of setback between the end of Friday’s workout and Sunday’s noon kickoff at the Georgia Dome against the Washington Redskins, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder will play in his first game in nearly a month.
“For him, it was great to see him back out,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said on Thursday. “We knew how hard he was working to get back. For him to come back, he was really chomping at the bit to get going. We were all really excited to have him back out there as well.”
Other players returning to practice after sitting out earlier this week include: WR Roddy White (non-injury related), WR Julio Jones (toe/hamstring), TE Jacob Tamme (concussion), S Ricardo Allen (knee), WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb), and LB Brooks Reed (groin).
LB Justin Durant (elbow) was the only player to sit out of every practice this week. The nine-year veteran suffered the injury in last week’s game against the Houston Texans.
For Washington, CB Chris Culliver (knee) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday. An MRI taken earlier in the week revealed no structural damage in his left knee following an injury suffered in practice last week.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told the Washington area media that Culliver’s availability for Sunday would depend on how he felt on Friday.
“It’s just something he has to deal with from a pain standpoint,” Gruden said. “We’re trying to get that alleviated and we don’t know how long that will be …. If he’s dealing with a lot of pain then obviously he won’t go out there. It’ll depend on how he’s feeling [Friday]. If he can run around a little bit and feel good, then there’s a good chance he’ll play. If not, there’s a chance we’ll have to wait a week.”
If Culliver can’t go on Sunday, ninth-year veteran Will Blackmon would start in his place.
Atlanta Falcons Injury Report
WR Roddy White (non-injury related)
WR Julio Jones (toe-hamstring)
RB Tevin Coleman (ribs)
S Ricardo Allen (knee)
TE Jacob Tamme (concussion)
WR Leonard Hankerson (thumb)
LB Brooks Reed (groin)
LB Justin Durant (elbow)
Washington Redskins Injury Report
WR Pierre Garcon (knee)
DE Kedric Golston (hand)
LB Ryan Kerrigan (hip)
C Kory Lichtensteiger (finger)
CB DeAngelo Hall (toe)
WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring)
CB Chris Culliver (knee)
TE Jordan Reed (concussion/knee/ankle)
Cedric Williams, a lifelong St. Louisan and proud UMSL alum, has been a full-time reporter/photographer covering St. Louis area sports for nearly two decades. Most recently, he has been working as a credentialed beat writer covering the NFL, as well as college and high school sports for the St. Louis American, Patch.com, and other outlets from around the area. Please share any comments, questions, or feedback with Cedric at email@example.com. His work can be found on