ATLANTA – Falcons running back Tevin Coleman left Sunday's game against the Panthers with a strained groin and did not return. On Monday during his conference call with the local media, Falcons coach Dan Quinn provided an update on Coleman's status.
"We'll take him through the week," Quinn said. "He'll participate in some of the walk-throughs Wednesday into Thursday and as we get into that we'll have a better assessment. If the strength comes back, we'll have a better feel for where he's at. I know he's going for it in a big way to make it for this game. I definitely think he has a good chance to do that."
Prior to injuring his groin, Coleman had 51 yards on the ground on 10 carries. Running back Brian Hill carried the load for the Falcons after Coleman left the game. Hill had a career-day with 115 yards on the ground on eight carries – including a 60-yard run.
Hill and Coleman's production in the backfield led the Falcons to 194 rushing yards on Sunday, their second-highest on the season. After a five-game losing skid where the Falcons struggled to get their run game going, Atlanta's rushing attack has vastly improved over the last few weeks.
Before Week 14, the Falcons had only had two games where they rushed for over 100 yards, back in Week 2 against the Panthers and in Week 9 against the Redskins. In the last three games, the Falcons are averaging 172 rushing yards a game.